Signs that your dog is happy

Saturday, March 15th, 2008 by Elle Woloszuk

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Happy DobyHappiness is a feeling of contentedness, pleasure, and well-being. How do you know if your dog is happy? Here is a general description of what a happy dog would do during the course of a day.

Your happy will dog sleep for about 8 to 10 hours total during the day and at night. He will wake up early ready to start his day with a good breakfast. He wants your attention right away and is excited to see you showing bright eyes with an alert and active demeanor. Your happy dog will also be excited to greet other pets first thing in the morning.

After breakfast, your happy dog is ready to play, socialize, and take a brisk walk. Little resting periods or short little naps are common.

In the early afternoon, your happy dog will chew on his favorite toy, investigate his surroundings, and seek out someone who will pet him. He gets very excited when family members begin to return home from school and work, and his activity seems to increase and peak at this time. Your happy dog looks and acts joyful with bright eyes, an engaging smile (the corners of his mouth turned upward), and alert ears.

In the evening, your happy dog will stay by your side, nuzzling your hand to get you to pet him. He just want to be close to you and keep you company. The best part of his day!

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