I can’t tell the difference with my dogs because they’re always by my side. They’re like velcro. One of them will occasionally position herself so her head is on my belly and she’ll snuggle like that, which is sweet, but she was snuggly before, too. The other is as obsessively protective of me as always.
I’m sure they know. I just don’t think they’re actually capable of loving me more without having a stroke or something.