How Do I Know If My Dog Is Happy

Happy tail wags involve the whole rear end. Erratic or stiff wags can mean overstimulation or fear.

Tail Wagging  

A happy dog has loose, wiggly body language vs tight muscles when anxious or stressed.

Relaxed Body

A dog may express joy by grinning with a open mouth, relaxed eyes and folded back ears.


Lowering front legs while keeping the rear up is an invitation to play and a sign of a happy dog.

Play Bows

Eagerness to learn and pick up new tricks indicates a dog is in a positive state of mind.


When dogs actively seek out petting, praise and affection from their owners, it shows contentment.


Eager participation in walks, play, training and enrichment further signals your dog’s happiness.

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