How to know if your dog is happy? Did you know that dogs basically have all the same brain structures for producing emotions that we have?
Japanese scientists from the Department of Animal Science and Biotechnology at Azabu University along with specialists from other Japanese universities conducted a study that showed how dogs develop strong emotional connections with humans by staring into their eyes!
Dogs are pack animals by nature, which makes them seek closeness with their pack — and you are naturally one of them! Specialists believe that dogs lean and touch their owners for physical and emotional support, seeing them as someone who can protect and comfort them.
TIMESTAMPS: Gazing into your eyes 0:40 Bringing you their toys 1:23 Yawning when you yawn 2:10 Sleeping with you 2:55 Wagging their tail 3:43 Raising their eyebrows and showing their tongue 4:40 Cuddling with you 5:40 Leaning on you 6:27 Letting you touch their head 7:13 Calmly watching you leave 7:57 Going crazy when you come back 8:58
SUMMARY: - Japanese scientists conducted a study that showed how dogs develop strong emotional connections with humans by staring into their eyes. - If your dog proudly runs toward you with their favorite toy or even pushes it forward a bit to encourage you to take it, you can be sure that your pet’s love for you is strong and unconditional. - Simultaneous yawning is another sign that your pet is emotionally bonded to you. So while scientists are still trying to explain this fun phenomenon, you can do a simple test yourself to check if your dog truly loves you: yawn and see what happens! - Dogs are pretty vulnerable when they sleep. Therefore, if they choose to snooze next to you, this means that they trust you like no one else. - A wagging tail held high is a sign of enthusiasm and confidence; a lower tail indicates nervousness. - Dogs produce way more facial movements when humans are looking at them. They can raise their eyebrows to make their eyes look bigger, show their tongue, or even use their secret weapon that nobody can resist: puppy dog eyes! - There's nothing like cuddling with your dog! Scientists from Azabu University (along with other specialists) confirm that your dog enjoys the experience just as much! For them, hugs are a great stress reliever! - Specialists believe that dogs lean and touch their owners for physical and emotional support, seeing them as someone who can protect and comfort them. - Dog training experts, including Sarah Bartlett from Hound Helpers Ltd, are sure that you should never go over a dog's head and try to pet them this way since they naturally perceive it as a threatening gesture. - If your dog feels calm whenever you leave the house, it's a sign that your buddy trusts you and knows for sure that you'll come back. - When you come home, your dogs’ emotions start certain processes in their bodies, increasing the social hormone oxytocin and decreasing the stress hormone cortisol.