Dogs, unlike cats, tend to be pretty forthcoming with their affections. You know that when your pooch gives you a big slobbery kiss or happily jumps on you when you walk through the door that he's pretty into you. But have you ever wondered if there are other ways dogs show affection? It turns out that dogs have many subtle ways they show they care, and once you know the signs, you'll appreciate your four-legged friend that much more.
Dog owners tend to know their pet's every little expression, from pleading to mischievous, but did you know that dogs can, and do, smile? A content, grinning dog will often have "a lowered head, wagging tail, flattened ears, a soft body posture and soft, squinty eyes along with those teeth. Teeth don't always mean aggression—it is important to consider the whole body and the context to understand what a dog is saying," explained the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
If you think that a smiling puppy sounds like the cutest thing in the world, you are right (and you need to watch this YouTube video). But smiling isn't the only way a dog can show he's happy with you. Here are 5 more signs that your dog thinks you're the best.