The subject of emotions in dogs has always been a dilemma of scientists and pet lovers in general. Can dos feel emotions? We, in Groomers Bundle, as we are lovers of pets and especially dogs, will answer with a resounding: Of course!
In fact, the more time we spend with our pet, the easier it is for us to distinguish the mood or emotions according to their gestures, their attitudes, the way they walk and even the sounds they execute. But well, as everything must be started from the beginning, let’s first see what emotions are.
Emotions can be divided into 2 blocks: positive and negative. Both encourage your dog to react in one way or another to a situation and act accordingly.
For example, when your dog sees you coming home, this makes him feel a positive emotion, because he loves you and wanted to see you. This emotion leads to your dog feeling happy and jumping and screaming around you, after which he feels happy, calm and safe.
Another example: when your dog sees something he is afraid of, he feels a negative emotion, an emotion of fear. This emotion can lead you to get nervous, run, shake or hide. This makes him feel vulnerable and sad, as well as scared.
Therefore, we understand emotions that your dog feels and that makes him act in one way or another, and then feel one way or another. Why is not it so difficult?
What emotions can your dog feel?
Although there are many people against the idea that a dog can have emotions, the truth is that people who have or have had animals have been able to see clearly how they can feel like us. These are some of the emotions we can find in them:
- Excitement: You can’t deny that animals have the ability to feel love, to get very excited when they see that person they want, when they see their dog friend who lives in the house next door or when you feed him his favorite treat. You can easily tell if your dog is excited by looking at how fast he swings his tail.
- Shyness: It may not be the case for your dog, but there are many breeds of dogs that are shy by default. They do not like being with people they do not know and will hide behind their owners seeking shelter.
- Fear: How many times have you seen your dog get under the bed or behind the couch when he heard firecrackers or the siren of an ambulance? That is because dogs also feel fear, and this is an emotion, one of the negative emotions.
- Anger: It is clear that dogs get angry and It’s the easiest to tell. For example, when another dog tries to take away his food, or even when you want to take his favorite toy away from his mouth. They also show their anger when someone tries to attack you even if they are playing.
- Disgust: Have you seen your dog’s face when he wants you to give him some of your food and you can think of giving him something he doesn’t like, like a piece of bread? At that moment we remember that phrase that says: “If the eyes would kill …” Yes, your dog would have killed you with his own. Is there a more expressive way to materialize the displeasure?
- Affection: Your dog looks for you whenever he can, he lies on your lap, caresses you with his little head. It gives you and asks for affection at the same time.
No doubt, dogs do have emotions. In fact, this is something that scientists increasingly certify. Although animals are not rational, they are capable of feeling and demonstrating their feelings. Obviously, they don’t do it with words like us, but with their gestures, their looks and their attitudes. Is there anyone who still dares to say that dogs do not feel or get excited?
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