Do Your Dogs Have Feelings?


Dogs are adorable and great human buddies. And the best thing about them is that they express their emotions just like humans. Have you ever seen your dog is behaving weird when you receive a phone call, especially when you are in the middle of a playing session with your furry friend?  Have you ever sensed the feeling of jealousy in your dog when you try to get friendly with other dogs?

If yes, then let us tell you that all such behaviors are the symbols that your dog uses to show his love towards you. Dogs can show their feeling of contentment and disgust simultaneously based on the condition they are exposed to. They can display a complex combination of emotions and feelings in front of their owners to seek their attention.

Emotional Side of Dogs

Do you know dogs also have a 24×7 job just like human beings? Yes, you have heard it right! They do have a job to do, and they do it very well. Although they don’t earn a living out of it, their job is a priority for them. Can you guess what it is? Well, it is reading the minds of the owners. You may not have noticed it yet, but your dog can evaluate and study your every move you make.

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Scientists and researchers have performed various experiments to understand different types of dog behaviors. Here in this article, we are going to acquaint you with the different feelings that your dogs may showcase so that you can understand them deeply and do things to support them.

Feeling of Fear

Dogs are supposed to be super brave and are mostly used as a house guard for homeowners. This instinct will make you believe that dogs are fearless, but the reality is far beyond what you might be perceiving. If you happen to find your dog’s rolling their ears back, slipping their tails under their body, rolling themselves on their back, or pushing themselves backward, snapping, there are high chances that your dogs may be fearing something.

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Feeling of Joy

Do you find your dog’s eagerly waiting with those innocent eyes for you to return home? It’s quite an easy guess that they may jump with joy on seeing you bringing a smile on your face. And, then comes the act of prancing, huffing happily, and pouncing on their masters. All these actions are a symbol that your dogs are extremely feeling joyful to find their master back home again.

Feeling of Frustration

Like humans, dogs can also feel annoyed at times and may experience mood swings. The feeling of being annoyed and frustrated can make your dog’s pace, whine, and bark. Such an act is a sure shot alarm that your dog is frustrated. Such disgust behavior can also emerge out as a reaction of dogs that are not trained right and do not know how to be polite while asking something from their owners. Try communicating with your furry friend as a remedy to reduce the frustration level in your dog.

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Feeling of Ultimate Relaxation

Have you ever spotted your dogs lying and stretching lazily? Have you ever seen them rolling on their hip, sighing, and kicking on the couch beside them? Seeing your playful pals do such things may evoke the soft-hearted master inside you, making you head out towards them for a short and sweet cuddle session. If you feel the same, then you need to stop right now! When your dogs are behaving like this, they are in the most relaxing position feeling safe and secure at their master’s residence. So, do not disturb them & let them relax for a while to get over their tiredness of being playful.

Felling of Surprise

Just like the feeling of joy and love, your dogs can even showcase the feeling of surprise. Have you ever seen your dog spin and jump on seeing you after a long separation, such as a short trip or work tour? This sudden leap in the behavior of your dogs from a cool and calm behavior to twisting and spinning is a clear indicator that your dogs are surprised and super happy to see you back.

Feeling of Anxiety

A traumatic past and a bad pet rescue home can trigger anxiety in dogs. Anxious dogs tend to be restless and can wake up with a jolt even when they experience the slightest of a disturbance. As a way out to deal with their anxiousness, they may follow an odd sleeping pattern. If you find such symptoms, seeking assistance from a vet can be a cure to help cope with your dog overcome their past.

Feeling of Sadness

Your furballs are quite joyful and playful creatures, but it doesn’t mean that they can’t be sad and depressed. Just like we experience happiness and distress in our lives, our dogs are no exception. They feel content when they get what they want, but on the contrary, they also feel sad when you fail to meet their expectation.

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Also, when they know that they have to part with their human buddies, they can feel depressed and may try to cut corners with you. If you happen to spot your dog’s sleeping in excess, or staying quiet as never before, losing interest in their favorite dog food, then your dog may be depressed for a reason. Your furballs may not rationalize the feeling of depression precisely like humans, but their behavioral changes may help you discover the reason behind the same.

Bottom Line

While these are the different types of feeling that dogs experience just like humans, it is not the end; there are other feelings such as jealousy, loneliness, anticipation, etc. that your dogs may exhibit in front of you, and you may fail to realize the same.

Dogs are no less than ‘non-human persons’ and can express a wide range of emotions. Their level of expression rationalization may not be as accurate and strong as us, but they do feel like us. Thus, we humans should look out for their change in behavior to perceive what is running inside their cute little heads. This way, you will understand your dog more and will develop a great bond with them.

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