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Is Your Dog Happy or Sad?

Happiness is something we all strive for … but what about your dog? Sure, we want our dogs to be happy, too. So here are a couple of things to think about.

Is your dog really happy? Is it even possible to tell if a dog is happy?

Yes, it is possible to tell if a dog is happy.

Dogs can be happy and sad. They can even get depressed. And yes, it is possible to tell if your dog is happy … as long as you know what signs to look for.

So, what are signs of a happy dog?

Dr. Nicholas Dodman, TUFTS University professor, best-selling author and world-renowned animal behaviorist, has written an article for on that very subject. I have known Nick personally for many years and feel he is truly one of the best in his field. I think you will really enjoy his article: Is Your Dog Happy?

In his article, Dr. Dodman suggests some practical steps you can take to make your dog happier. Some of you are certainly already doing some of these things, like making sure you provide your dog with a high quality diet and plenty of exercise. But some of his other suggestions may surprise you.

For example, Dr. Dodman suggests that you teach your dog the meaning of one new word every month. Why? Because this will enable you to better communicate with your dog. As in all relationships, both human and canine, the better the communication, the less chance for confusion and frustration.

To read the full article, go to: Is Your Dog Happy?

There are a number of excellent suggestions in the article. I hope you find them useful.