10 Awesome things your DOG can feel about you!
Any dog lover will tell you that your best friends have the sixth sense when it comes to human emotional needs. When you feel bad, a dog can often act as a better company than any other human being. They are also better listeners, respond appropriately to your emotions, and seem to be genuinely concerned about your feelings. It should not surprise you that dogs are capable of showing intense feelings as well. They are highly social and have strong connections to other dogs. They have their own social structures and rituals of attachment and many of them reflect human social structures.
The same emotional connections that dogs experience in their groups can easily be transferred to any other environment, including situations between species. For your dog, you are family, it's that simple. Of course, there are many other fascinating things that your dog understands about you that you might not know. Sometimes their skills can be a bit unbelievable, but there are compelling scientific explanations for your dog's behaviours. Understanding how your dog perceives you can help you to relate better to your pet. Do not miss this interesting list!
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1. Dogs know when you are sad
When you feel sad, your dog immediately sees it and adjusts his behaviour accordingly. Dogs know when you become more subdued than usual, lose interest in your things and even refuse to eat your food. In an Animal Cognition study, researchers found that a dog was closer to a person who was crying than to someone who was humming or talking. In addition, dogs respond to crying with submissive behaviour. In other words, dogs seem to be trying to placate a person who was upset. What's more, dogs will approach any person who feels bad, regardless of whether it is their owner or not.
2. They can feel your intentions
We have all noticed the almost psychic ability of a dog to feel when something unpleasant is about to happen. Even before you turn on the shower or touch a towel, your dog will know that he is going to have a bath and will immediately run to hide. The same thing happens with haircuts, nails or medicine. On the other hand, your dog will also understand if your intentions are pure and if you do it for his good. If they undergo nasty experiences, such as nail fixes, it is important that their owner is nearby and says something to reassure him.
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3. They can feel the diseases that you can have
If your dog has been paying particular attention to a certain area of your body, you may need to visit your doctor to make sure everything is fine. Several studies have confirmed that dogs, through their sharp sense of smell, have the ability to detect certain diseases, such as cancer. Some are even trained to warn patients of epilepsy when they are about to have an attack.
4. They know when you feel scared
If you feel scared, your dog will know immediately. A dog's sensitive nose can pick up subtle scents, such as adrenaline, which is associated with fear and danger. If you have a Rottweiler or Doberman, then your burly protector will probably take an action and come to rescue you. Smaller dogs, or those with a nervous temperament, will follow your behaviour and start to feel scared. Your dog will look at you for advice how to react in certain situations, so if you want your dog to be brave, you will have to be an example.
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5. Dogs know when you are being disloyal
A study in Austria tested what would happen if a dog is rewarded for performing a trick, while another was given nothing after doing the same task. Dogs that did not receive a reward were shaken on view their companions, who received treats. They responded by scratching and licking with impatience. In other words, they recognized the injustice of the situation. If one dog received a sausage while another received bread, both were more than happy with their prize. Remember, dogs are about as smart as a two-year-old boy.
6. Dogs know if you have other priorities
Dogs who have spent most of their lives being pampered and adored by their owner will, to some extent, understand if attention suddenly changes to a new point. A new baby, boyfriend, hobby or even a new pet can lead to feelings of jealousy and resentment from your beloved pooch. Some dogs can even physically stand between two lovers in order to refocus the attention back on themselves. After noticing that dogs are able to recognise and cope with changes in your priorities, remember they do not want to be left without care. The most important thing in your pet's life is you.
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7. They know when you are angry
Owners who have been with their dog for several years often do not have to say a single word to show they are upset. If you come home and find that your dog has made a mess, placing your hands on your hips and giving a look of disapproval is enough to convey your anger. When the dog shows any signs of discomfort, he often crouches, trembles, whines and may even lose control of his bladder, it is clear that he can feel anger, but we cannot always understand the reason for it.
8. Dogs know if you are a generous person
Just as we judge other people based on their actions, dogs will also pay attention to how you act toward others. An experiment organised by the University of Milan allowed dogs to observe humans in different social situations. Generosity tells as much about justice as about goodness. The study showed that your dog knows when you are generous and when you are stingy.
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9. They know if you're easy to convince
Some more energetic races, like Labradors and Pitbulls, require a strong discipline to reign with their wild behaviour. Larger races sometimes do not understand their own strength and can be dangerous if they suddenly decide to surprise a child or an older person with a hug or jump. However, even if a dog is well-educated by the owner, he will not have to act the same way with other people, because dogs like to push their limits. If they find someone who does not punish them for pulling the leash, digging up the garden or eating the trash, they will take advantage of their new freedom.
10. They can feel if a woman is pregnant
There are hundreds of stories of women who noticed changes in their dog's behaviour during their pregnancy. Many owners report that their dogs suddenly become much more protective, caring and affectionate. They also begin to escort them wherever they go. They can also sniff a belly and put their head on it. They are able to pick up hormonal changes, so the ability to feel a pregnancy is not so exaggerated.