Your 4-legged friend might know more about you than you think.
According to a Journal published in Biology Letters, dogs can identify not only
other dog emotions, but human emotions, too. The next time you’re surprised by
your dog’s behavior – don’t be – doggie instincts can be as powerful as their
sense of smell!
Secret # 1 - Dogs
know when you’re coming home
Dogs can sense when their owners are returning home. Over the
years several dog owners have reported similar behavior of their dogs. Take for
instance, Jaytee, the psychic dog who astonished in the early ‘90s when his
owner, Pam Smart, tested his ability to always sense her coming home. Pam left
Jaytee in her parent’s home giving no indication to anyone when she was to
return. A camera crew filmed Jaytee as well as Pam with synchronized timestamps
to match up their actions. Jaytee gravitates toward the window 11 seconds after
Pam decides to take a taxi back to her parents’ home, and doesn’t leave the
window until Pam gets out of the taxi. Joyous barking ensues.
Secret # 2- Dogs can
sense underlying medical conditions
The internet is littered with stories about dogs saving their
owners’ lives by sensing certain medical conditions like seizures, cardiac
arrest and hypoglycemia. There is a scientific explanation behind this
miraculous ability of dogs. A 2013 narcolepsy and odor study by Luis
Dominguez-Ortega, M.D., Ph.D., revealed that through the smell of patients’
sweat, two trained dogs were able to correctly detect 11 out of 12 narcolepsy
patients. Besides narcolepsy, dogs have also been known to detect cancer and
migraines. There are several service dogs across the United States who are
being trained as medical detectors.
Secret # 3- Dogs
know when you’re angry
Bath time is not the only time your dog wants to hide. If you’re
angry or furious about something, the little pooch is likely to run for a cover
under the bed, sofa or behind the door. Research has shown that dogs can
understand when their owners are angry through their facial expressions.Try an angry-face experiment with your
dog to see if it recognizes your mood, but be sure to give it a treat
afterward, because tricking your dog isn’t very nice.
Secret # 4 –Dogs can
feel your emotions
deemed man’s best friend for a reason. If you’re frustrated from a bad day at work,
your dog will comfort you with a light paw pat. Sad after a fight with your
partner? They’ll whimper with a concerned stare. Revved up about a friend
coming to visit from out of town? Expect an enthusiastic bark, impromptu leaps
and helter skelter running around the house.
Secret # 5 – Dogs
know when you’re not paying attention to them
A new pet or animal in the house often puts dogs off-edge. If
you add a furry member to your household, you’ll likely notice your dog demanding
a little extra attention from you. A study at the National Academy of Science
revealed that attention to a new pet in the house can make your dog anxious and
distressed, forcing it to demand undivided attention.
Secret # 6 – Dogs
can sense when you’re fearful
It is indeed true – dogs can sense when a human is scared or
fearful. Fear is a natural response to any kind of threat that leads to the
release of certain hormones known as cortisol. Often referred as the “stress
hormone,” dogs’ noses can pick up the smell.
Secret # 7 – Dogs
know when you need protecting
An extension of the preceding point, dogs have an instinctive tendency to protect their owners in the face of fear or external threat. Animal behavior experts feel that the same way dogs feel protected towards their food or litter of pups, they can be extremely protective of their owner or members of the family as well.
Secret # 8- Dogs comes
to know if you’re pregnant
Several women dog owners have revealed that their dogs became
more protective and loving during their pregnancy. Animal behavior experts say
that dogs can sense the hormonal changes a woman goes through when she is
pregnant. The dogs also become sensitive to the visible changes in the body and
instinctively become protective.