HERE’S HOW YOUR DOG REALLY FEELS ABOUT YOU (According To Science)
Let’s talk about puppy love. not youthful romance. but the love between a person and his or her pooch. As every dog lover knows, canine companions make for some of the best friends we could wish for. They ploy with us. cuddle with us. listen to us and make us feel like the most special people on the planet the moment we walk through the front door.
DOES MY DOG FEEL GUILTY AFTER HE DOES SOMETHING BAD?
WE ALL KNOW WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: The head hanging Lou_ ears drooping and gaze averted. It’s the look our dogs get after they’ve pooped on the living room carpet or swiped half of our breakfast while our backs were turned. But even though man’s best friend is showing all the some signs of guilt that we see in humans. that doesn’t mean he’s actually sorry.
WHAT WE ASSUME:
We assume that dogs feel guilty about misbehaving because we tend to anthropomorphize them. meaning we think about them as if they were human. We assume that they share our cognitive and emotional abilities. which leads us to read their behaviors the some way we would read a human’s. But. as much as we may want to deny it. dogs are not like humans — and they don’t feel guilty like humans do. either.
DOES MY DOG GET JEALOUS?
The truth is that while we can’t say definitively that dogs get jealous. research supports the theory.
Fl 2014 study published in PLOS OnEshowed that dogs tended to display significantly more jealous behaviors (such as getting between their owner and on object. pushing or touching their owner and snapping) when their owners showed affection for a stuffed toy dog.
According to the authors of the study. the findings support the view that dogs do. indeed. get jealous. Green-eyed monster. thy name is Sparky.
DOES MY DOG CARE ABOUT ME?
Dogs can also rend emotions in our faces. perceiving through our expressions whether we’re happy. sod or angry.
DOES MY DOG LOVE ME?
THE MILLION-DOLLAR QUESTION every dog owner is dyring to have answered
They say there’s no bond quite like the one between mon and his best friend, after all, and while science can’t yet soy for sure whether puppy love is real, it certainly looks a lot like love. both in the behavior and in the brain.