Dogs have a unique way of telling their humans how much they love and appreciate them - but the signs are not always obvious and we can easily overlookthem. While it still be some time before scientists discover the meaning of every single dog gesture, there are a few we know for sure - look out for them next time you see your loving pet.1. Staring into your eyesIn a segment on 60 Seconds in 2014 with guest Brian Hare, dog expert, he said that dogs releaseoxytocin - the same hormone that helps new mothers bond with their babies - whenthey look into their human's eyes.Go home and try to naturally keep eye contact with your pup- he will look right back at you.
2. Leaning against youDogs feel safe when pressed against their humans. Even if he is leaning against your leg because he is nervous or or wants to go somewhere, he still sees you as a pillar of strength and love to support him.
3. Yawning when you yawnYawning is contagious, and not only for humans. Dogs are bred to read humans and for that reason they imitate our yawns.A study by Duke University in 2013 showed that when dogs yawn with their humans, they sharea deep bond. They are also more likely to yawn with their owners than with a stranger.
4. Cuddling after eatingGregory Berns wrote in his book, How Dogs Love Us, cuddling after a meal is dogs' way of showing their love for humans. Of course food is the most important thing they need to stay alive, but after having consumed a meal they signify what else is important to them by showing affection.
5. Raising their eyebrowsIn a recent study in Japan, dogs were put in front oftheir human, a stranger, a toy, and an item they dislike. When seeing their human, dogs tended to do a lot more brow movement than with strangers.When the dogs saw the item they knew and liked, their left ear shifted back - and the right ear for items they disliked.
6. Watching as you leaveIf your dog panics when you leave, it could just be separation anxiety. But if they act calm as they watch you leave, your dog loves and trusts you - he is confident you will return, according to Gregory Berns.
7. Being excited when you come homeThis one is not a challenge to figure out. He has been missing you and is excited to be in your presence again.They tend to wag their tails, bark, jump on you and look into your eyes. This is often the best moment of any dog lover's day.
8. Sleeping close to youDogs don't want to be separated from their packs... If your dog wants to sleep in your bed, even if he isn't allowed, it's a strong sign of love and loyalty, according to How Dogs Love Us.
9. Giving your his favourite toyWanting to play with you is a sign of affection in itself, as well as a sign of loyalty - he thinks of you as the pack leader.When a dog brings his human his favourite toy, his most special and prized possession, he wants to share his joy with the one he loves.