7 secrets behind those adorable dog eyes
The relationships between people and dogs are really amazing. We have been living side by side for thousands of years. That is why there is no surprise that dogs understand us better than we can even imagine. If you want to learn secrets behind cute dog eyes, keep on reading this article!
Have you ever thought whether your dog can really understand what you say, think, and feel? Recent research suggests dogs know more about our language and emotions than you might think. QuizzClub’s community wants to spread information about a responsible and protective approach to animals. If you want to learn more about our four-legged friends, check out these articles:
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The fact that we even try to communicate with dogs, and that they communicate back with us, means that the human-dog relationship is truly something special.
#1 Your dog knows when you are sad
The recent study published in the journal “Current Biology” found that both dogs and humans have evolved to listen for emotions when someone is communicating to them. Dogs can recognize if a person is happy or sad. They use similar brain mechanisms to process social information. That is why your dog comes over and starts cuddling up next to you.
#2 Dogs can sense when you are sick
Combined with its other heightened sense, a dog’s amazing nose gives it the ability to detect some things way before their human companions. They can sense even such dangerous illnesses like cancer or diabetes.
#3 Your dog knows when you need protection
First and foremost, dogs see themselves as guards. That is why there are a lot of stories when a dog gives its own life in order to protect the owner. Dogs can smell fear hormones your body releases when you are scared.
#4 They know people you don’t like
Dogs are great body language readers. They watch the way you behave with other people, your breathing pattern, and your voice. By the way, your dog will pick your side no matter what.
#5 Your dog knows you are coming home
Yes, dogs can learn their owners’ schedules. However, even if you do not stick to the schedule, the dog hears your steps and knows you are coming home.
#6 Dogs know what you are going to do
Dogs do their best to make eye contact with their owners. Thus they can predict your actions in advance. They can even find hidden food simply by following a human gaze.
#7 Dogs separate emotions and meaning of words
It was always interesting if they are responding to words or just the emotions in our voice. One recent study suggests it’s both. Researchers at the University of Sussex played sounds out of speakers on both sides of a dog. When dogs heard commands stripped of their emotional context, they turned their head to the right, suggesting they process verbal meaning in their left hemisphere.
When they heard the emotional sounds in the voice, but the words were jumbled, they turned to the left, suggesting they process emotional sounds on the right. These experiments show that dogs can definitely separate the meaning of words from the emotion attached. Dogs are smarter than you might think.
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