7 Signs Your Boston Terrier Loves You (2023)

Have you ever wondered if your Boston Terrier really loves you?

Or at least loves you more than just the food and shelter you provide them with?

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After surveying many Boston Terrier parents and looking at the research, I’ve come up with the biggest signs that your Boston Terrier loves you.

Signs Your Boston Terrier Loves You 

Today, we’re going to discuss the six biggest signs that your Boston Terrier really loves you, not just the yummy food you provide!

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7) Eye Contact

Now, it’s generally not recommended that you stare down a dog, especially a stranger’s dog, as this can be a sign of aggression to them. However, if you catch your Boston Terrier making eye contact with you, this can be a sign that they are interested in you and what you’re doing. 

One study found that owners and their dogs had increased oxytocin levels in their bloodstream after making eye contact with one another. Oxytocin is also known as the “love hormone” and is released between human parents and their children when they touch. (source

It’s believed that oxytocin, which is associated with bonding and trust, is released due to the closeness between humans and their dogs. The study concluded by saying that this gaze was learned over time by dogs as a way to express themselves and socialize with humans. 

Apparently, puppy dog eyes are far more meaningful and powerful than we could have anticipated! 

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6) Wagging Their Tail

Most of us would recognize that a dog wagging their tail is a happy sign, right?

Not always. One study discovered that the direction a dog wags its tail indicated a different emotional response in them. 

Based on this study, if your Boston Terrier is wagging their tail to the right, they are likely feeling happy, calm, and comfortable. If your pup is wagging its tail to the left, it may be experiencing stress or anxiety. 

If your Boston is wagging their tail to the left, it might be a good time to give them some space and help them relax. However, if they are wagging their tail to the right, then this is an excellent sign that they are having fun and comfortable with you. 

Need some ideas on how to make your Boston Terrier happy? In this article, How To Make Your Boston Happy, Boston parents explain what they do to make their pup happy.

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5) Snuggling & Cuddling

Much like humans, many dogs enjoy snuggling and cuddling as a sign of love and affection. In the wild, dogs would cuddle for warmth, protection, and to feel good. 

Like eye contact, dogs also release oxytocin when they cuddle, which has a calming, happy effect. One study even found that only three minutes of cuddling between a human and their dog was enough to increase oxytocin in both parties. 

If your Boston is initiating cuddling with you, this is a surefire sign that they enjoy your company and love you. 

Think about it. Cuddling is an intimate activity that requires trust with the other participant, so your Boston Terrier cuddling with you is the ultimate compliment! 

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4) Licking You

Unless you have food on your face, you may be wondering why your Boston Terrier wants to lick you so much

Is this a sign of affection or a dog’s way of giving you a kiss? The true answer is we’re not entirely sure, but it’s probably a way to show affection. 

According to the American Kennel Club, dogs who are licking excessively may be experiencing underlying health or behavioral problems, such as anxiety, allergies, or boredom. If you have any concerns about excessive licking, please consult with your Boston’s veterinarian. 

In general, licking may give your Boston Terrier a sense of comfort and security as their mother licked them when they were a pup. To them, licking is a way to say “hello! I’m happy to see you.” 

Video – 7 Reasons Why Your Boston Terrier Is Licking You so Much!

Video – 7 Reasons Why Your Boston Terrier Is Licking You so Much!

3) Wanting To Play With You

One of the best ways to tell if a dog loves you and your company is if they seek you out for fun and games. 

Does your Boston Terrier bring their toys over to you? This is an excellent sign that they enjoy your company and want to spend more time with you. 

If your Boston Terrier willingly lets you hold their toys, this is a huge deal! While you may have little interest in their drool-covered tennis ball, this can be a true sign of affection. 

Many dogs can be territorial with their toys, so a dog that is happy to let you hold their favorite chew toy is telling you that they trust you to take care of something they love. 

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2) Do They Happily Greet You?

Does your Boston Terrier run to the door to greet you when you arrive home? Are they eagerly waiting for you to sit down so that they can pounce into your lap to say hello?

These are excellent signs that your Boston loves and misses you when you’re gone. 

If your Boston Terrier is excitedly greeting you, then don’t worry! They definitely love you and can’t wait to spend time with you. 

1) Name Recognition

Jamie Richardson, a veterinarian and the medical chief of staff at Small Door Veterinary, says that some dogs will even recognize their human’s name and get excited, even when their human isn’t around. 

If your Boston Terrier recognizes your name and responds enthusiastically, you’re definitely someone they love! 

Here Is What Boston Terrier Parents Say About Love

During our survey of other Boston Terrier parents, we had many responses about how Boston Terriers showed their parents love. Please keep in mind that these are anecdotal examples. 

Boston Terrier showed their affection by: 

  • Putting her front legs on my shoulder and hugging me around the neck
  • Lots of kisses
  • Wiggling their butt excitedly
  • Chewing bones or playing with toys at their parent’s feet
  • Waking up to give me a kiss (even when it’s very early)
  • Letting me hold their toys without trying to play

And last but certainly not least, many Boston parents reported their pups farting in their face or letting out an excited fart around them! 

Final Thoughts…

Every Boston Terrier is going to show you LOVE in their own special way. Your best bet for creating a lasting connection with your pooch is to do these three things. First, be the person who feeds your Boston, play with your Boston daily, cuddle with your dog daily. Doing these three things will build a lifelong connection.

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Amy Norton

Amy Norton is a freelance lifestyle blog post writer who spends her days writing with her Boston Terrier at her feet snoring. She grew up with two Boston Terriers and now has her own Boston Terrier, Nickel, who is a spunky and playful dog. Amy regularly takes Nickel to Sonics for mozzarella sticks to "pay" her for all of her help in the writing process. Amy's favorite activities are reading, baking, and creating content for her YouTube channel.

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