5 ways to tell a new dog likes you

How can you be sure you're new furry friend is warming to you? Find out more below

Meeting a new dog can be just as nerve-racking as meeting a new person. You want to make sure they like you and that you’re making a first good impression, right? So whether you’re going to meet a potential doggy to borrow, a new puppy or rescue or even a friend’s dog you’ll can follow these top tips to meeting new dogs. But even after doing everything right how can you be sure they’re warming to you?


We’ve found 5 ways to tell if you’re new furry friend has taken a liking towards you, have a look below:

A waggy tail


BorrowMyDoggy dog wagging it's tail
Doggy member Sam

It can often go unsaid but a happy pup will have a proud, waggy tail. The faster they’re wagging it, the more excited and happier they are. A dog that’s relaxed will wag their tail, and a relaxed dog means they’re comfortable around you. If a dog’s muscles are stiff and their tail is still wagging, it could mean they’re annoyed or unhappy - so do keep that in mind.

Eye contact


BorrowMyDoggy Gold Retriever staring happily
Doggy member Terry

If a dog is making prolonged eye contact with you, good news! A study conducted in Azabu University in Japan by animal behaviourist, Takefumi Kikusui found that eye contact is a good thing and compares to parent-infant bonding. So if your new pooch is staring at you, you’ve made a friend!

Dog licks


BorrowMyDoggy Siberian Husky with tongue out
Doggy member Anushka

Dog licking can be seen as annoying but it is in fact a good thing, as it’s a major sign of affection. Although is can be caused by the salty skin of us humans, more often than not, their lick is a sign of love for a new acquaintance.

Roll over


BorrowMyDoggy Miniature Dachshund on back
Doggy member Winston

Pawsome news - if a dog rolls over and shows their tum it means they trust you and feel comfortable. A study from the University of Salford, found that when a dog rolls over it means “scratch me” 100% of the time.

Watch their body language


BorrowMyDoggy cross breed looking up sat on grass
Doggy member Penfold

There are a number of things to look for in a happy pup which include; jumping up, energetic behaviour, intent to play, lifting their eyebrows and open/relaxed mouth. If your new furry friend is doing any of these, result! Ensure you watch out for tense and whimpering behaviour too, as some dogs may need a bit more time to warm up to you.

We hope this helps you on your next meet with a pooch! Remember, try not to be disheartened if a dog doesn’t take to you straight away, these things can take time and effort, but we’re sure after a few treats and stroke, you’ll be making firm friends soon!


Have any more tips? Feel free to share them with us on Facebook.

Join BorrowMyDoggy

BorrowMyDoggy connects dog owners with local volunteer borrowers for walks, holiday care and dog sitting. It’s simple, affordable and safe.

All members are verified before connecting and membership includes access to a 24/7 Vet line and accident and third-party liability insurance.

Learn more and get started