Tail Wags: He wags his tail with a big, butt wiggling wag at least once a day. Appetite: Healthy, happy, dogs have a great appetite. If your dog eats too little, it could be a sign that he feels bad or is not happy. Tail Position: His tail should be level with his back or just above it. A tail that is too high indicates tension; a tail below the back or tucked indicates fear. Playfulness: Your dog should play with you, toys, and or other dogs each day. Outdoorsy: He should be eager to get outside. Whether that means swimming, lying in the sun, or taking a walk, he should be rewarded with outdoor time daily.
Independence: He should show his independence by napping in a different room or sleeping peacefully at home all day while you are gone. Calm: If you dog panics or gets distressed more than once a month no matter the cause (like Storms, being alone, veterinary visits) it is keeping him from living his happiest life. Social: Dogs need to get away like the rest of us, but basically they are social creatures. Happy dogs want to be in the same vicinity as the family the majority of the time. Controlled: It is canine nature to bark. But if your dog barks at things that you can’t hear and has a hard time knowing when to stop barking, he is showing distress and isn’t as happy as he could be. Nap Expert: Dogs sleep up to 16 hours each day. Happy dogs sleep through the night and relax during the day.
If you have questions about your dog please contact Dr. Norette L. Underwood of Trumann Animal Clinic and Best Friends Vet Mobile at firstname.lastname@example.org