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How To Tell If Your Dog Trusts You

It's up to us to foster trust

This dog loves attention


Trust is key. But it's not automatic in our dogs. A BuzzFeed article details ways to know if your dog trusts you.

A very trusting dog

This dog definitely trusts its owner

This dog very clearly trusts its owner!

For affectionate or cuddly dogs, being near you is preferred territory.

Beagle wagging tail This dog wants lots of love

In other words, your affectionate dog just wants to be underneath you all of the time. Stoic dogs can show their trust by allowing you to interact with them in ways that other people cannot. This can include, for example, affection or putting on certain dog equipment like a leash.

Consider boundaries asserted. Don't think you're a "bad owner" if your dog doesn't check all the boxes, but you'll surely recognize some of these behaviors.

B.L. Ochman

B.L. Ochman is the human companion of Lucy the Rescue Puppy. She is a professional writer, podcast producer and trusted advisor to brands in verticals from cars to cookies. She's a native New Yorker and lover of Central Park—where dogs can be off-leash until 9 am. She also is a really pretty good swing dancer.


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