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18 Things that make dogs insanely happy

These are the things that make doggies everywhere run around in circles, smile and shake their legs with wild joy. As much love as your pup gives you, here are a few ideas on how to return your best friend’s love and loyalty.

1. Grooming, brushing and getting their fuuuur did is a ticket to pooch paradise

dog grooming

Just in time for National Dog Week, Beneful surveyed dog owners*, and their results helped create a list of life’s simplest pleasures that make your dog ecstatic. Grooming? Forty-eight percent of those surveyed said it made their dog happy.

2. Just being a part of your crazy family

dog family

3. A favorite toy is always a good bet

dog toy

4. Or how about pulling out the leash for a walk?

dog excited for a walk

5. No dog can resist a ride in the car

dog car ride

And 71 percent of dog owners agree!

6. Or a good scratch in juuust the right place

dog scratch

7. Playing in the water on a hot day is super fun

dog playing in water

8. After that, how about a trip to the dog park?

dog swing park

Says this guy — and 56 percent of other dog owners.

9. Your arrival home after a long day is always a joyous event

happy dog

10. But while you’re gone, since there’s not a lot going on, a nice nap is always a good idea

dog happy nap

11. Playing in the snow is a big treat for a lot of dogs

Snow dog

12. So is a lively game of fetch

dog fetch

Yep, 74 percent of dog owners think this is a great time for their dogs. This pup seems to agree.

13. Or a magical off-leash run on the beach

dog run on beach

14. Playing with friends indulges your dog’s social side

dog friends

15. But nothing feels as good as your snuggles

dog snuggle

Up to 84 percent of dog owners think this is the dang truth.

16. A big, delicious bone can brighten any doggy’s day

dog with bone

Getting close to the most favorite on the list here — this one got 87 percent.

17. And they’re always happy to help out around the house

dog newspaper

18. But the No. 1 thing any dog lover knows will always make a dog the happiest? Treats!

dog food happy

At a whopping 96 percent, most dog owners think treats make their pups the happiest.

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*The 2015 Beneful National Dog Week Survey presents the findings of an online survey conducted September 10-13, 2015 among a sample of 426 U.S. adult dog owners, comprising 193 men and 232 women 18 years of age and older. Had this been a probability sample, the margin of error for a sample of this size is ± 7 percent at a 95 percent level of confidence.

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