#1 – How Dogs Feel and Show Emotions
Dogs have the emotional capacity of a little human aged between 2 and 2.5 years old, thus they can experience emotions such as anger, fear, and joy. Actually, dogs and humans have the same hormones and undergo the same kinds of chemical changes during emotional shifts.
Similar to a 2-year-old baby, your pup lacks the words to tell you how they feel, and also like toddlers, dogs use behavior and body language in order to express their emotions. For instance, most of us perfectly know what our pooch looks like when they’re frustrated. Even barks vary according to emotions, as a happy bark is quite different from a scared bark.
#2 – Physical Signs of a Happy Dog
A happy dog will generally display relaxed body language. Here are some of the physical signs that indicate doggie happiness:
• Bowing in a playful way, with their chest lowered toward the ground and rear in the air as an invitation to join the game.
• Rolling over to expose their tummy.
• Wagging tail with whole-body wiggles, or at least with a relaxed body. However, when a dog stands stiffly with a tautly waving tail, it may be a sign of nervousness or alertness.
• A relaxed posture, with a confident stance, relaxed tail, and raised head .
• Relaxed ears, not pulled back or alert.
• A gentle partially-open mouth
It should be noted that body composition may vary since each dog is unique. Yet, generally, a happy dog appears comfortable and relaxed.