Over 480 million worldwide have a dog as their pet. If you’re one of those dog persons (or a cat person wannabe a dog person), have you ever thought, you know, wouldn’t it be great to know what my dog is thinking? You might already speak dog better than you think you do. But what about your dogs? Do they speak human?
Research confirms that dogs may express their emotions in a form more identical to that of humans than that of other animals. Humans and canines have quite similar brain structures for producing emotions. The hormone oxytocin, sometimes known as the “love hormone” or “cuddle hormone” is secreted by the pituitary gland in the brains of both humans and dogs.
Here are some ways that dogs emote and communicate that very closely resemble the manners of their favourite humans.
The eye gaze
A study conducted by Azibu University, Japan suggests that dogs often gaze into the eyes of their owners as a symbol of love. Don’t you want to be lost in the eyes of your beloved? Well, good news, YOU are your dog’s much loved one! This stare helps them develop an emotional connection with their human. This human-like trait might have been developed during their evolution from wolves to domesticated pets around 16,000 years ago.
Bringing their toys
Do you remember when your dog brought his favourite soft toy to you and insisted you keep it? Congrats! You’re the leader of the pack! Dogs tend to live in closely-knit packs, sharing their possessions only with those they trust. Your dog could be developing a stronger connection and confidence by urging you to hold or keep their toys.
Sleeping with you
This gesture of your four-legged friend sharing their personal space while being the most vulnerable might indicate high levels of trust with their humans. This also helps tighten the bond through touch. However, this largely depends on the breed of the dog as well. Nevertheless, it results in a surge in the amount of oxytocin hormone in both your pooch and you.
A dog’s wagging tail reveals a wide range of emotions. Your furry friend might be doing it to speak to you. A high held wagging tail exhibits enthusiasm and openness for interaction. So the next time you smile at your dog and he suddenly starts wagging his tail and jumps up at you, you would know that it is time to PLAY!
However, lower wags represent anxiousness; and a stiff-slow wag is most definitely a red flag. Your dog might be feeling tense and not in a mood to interact.
Other ways of expression
Dogs use a lot of other body-language cues to interact with others. Letting you touch their head, leaning on you, and calmly watching you leave are just a few. These are all signs of comfort, a sense of security, and love. And the strongest weapon that nobody can resist: puppy dog eyes. But the surest way to know if your dog loves you is when it says “I love you” loud and clear in English. Believe us, it is sure to get you some fame too!
No matter how your dog expresses itself, it is now a proven fact that the feeling of unconditional love is mutual and reciprocated. So, don’t hold back on your long monologues professing your eternal love for your pooch, because he loves listening to it as much as you love speaking.