Have you ever wished your furry pal could talk so you know what’s going on in her head?  What does she think about when she stares at you? She actually looks excited when you come home from work. But is she really happy to see you? Or is it because she’s hungry and she can’t wait to have her dinner?

Your dog doesn’t need to speak to clue you in about how they feel. Learning how to read their body language will give you an idea about what they’re thinking or feeling at the moment.

Here are some signs your dog is truly happy.

Happy demeanor

Your dog’s temperament is one of the main indicators of their mood and happiness. You know your dog is happy when she has a happy demeanor.

They generally enjoy playing games, spending time cuddled up with you or greets you happily. They are also not prone to snapping or being grumpy. If your dog tends to be shy or wary around others, that doesn’t mean that she is unhappy. Some dogs are just friendlier and more cheerful than others.

Sleeps soundly

Happy, healthy dogs sleep for about 12 to 14 hours a day. They usually catch several short naps during the day. If your dog isn’t sleeping that much, this could mean that she is stressed.

Healthy appetite

A happy and healthy dog eats well. Ideally, they should be fed at the same time every day, and would even remind you that feeding time has arrived. If your dog doesn’t eat, it could mean that she isn’t hungry. But a sudden decrease in appetite may be a sign that something is wrong.

Non-destructive behavior

As we all know, dogs use their mouths to explore their surroundings. This is why chewing is a common problem faced by dog owners. But happy dogs are less likely to act naughty or destroy your things. If your dog has a habit of chewing things, it may be because she is bored or stressed. They may also start barking or eliminating in appropriate places.

Relaxed body

How the dog carries herself will clue you in about her mood. Happy dogs appear to be smiling. Their mouths are open and some of their teeth are showing. Their ears are loose and floppy. Their eyes are relaxed and their gaze is soft. All their weight is equally distributed among their 4 legs and their muscles appear relaxed. Everything about her says I’m cool.