Decoding your dog’s love language

dog love language

Do you know your dog’s love language? Most pet parents think they do, with 86% saying that they know exactly how to tug on their pups’ heartstrings.

Most dog owners (44%) report that physical touch, including petting and cuddles on the couch, is their dog’s top love language, followed by quality time (20%) which includes things like playing fetch or going for a walk.

About 14% of pet parents say words of affirmation (who’s a good dog?!) make their dogs happiest, with receiving gifts like toys and treats, and acts of service like grooming and feeding, tied for last place with 9% each.

valentines day gift for dog

No matter what their dog’s top love language is, many pet parents (41%) plan to buy their dogs a gift for Valentine’s Day this year. The top three reasons for getting their dogs gifts are: their dog brings joy to their life, they want to show their dog that they care, and that they purchase their dog a special treat on every gift giving holiday—it’s tradition!

Forty percent of dog owners say treats and food top the list of potential gifts for their furry valentines.

five dog love language

Our dogs are like us in more ways than we may realise, including the core of how they like to give and receive love. The five common love languages actually translate quite well to dogs, once you see it from their perspective. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your dog this year by decoding their love language—which of these five sound the most like your pup?

Words of affirmation are the cute songs you sing to your dog when you think no one’s listening and the “who’s a good dog?” you coo when they’re being especially cute. For pups who prefer acts of service, things like a good groom with their favourite brush or being served dinner by their favourite person make them happiest.

Some dogs are all about receiving gifts, and would love nothing more than to go on a mini pet store shopping spree to pick out a new toy and perhaps get a tasty treat or two. Dogs who enjoy quality time above all else can’t wait to play a game of fetch or go on a nice long walk with you. And finally, pups who can never get enough cuddles on the couch or scratches behind the ears are likely most into physical touch.


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