Dog owners usually come up with their sharing that their dogs understand their feelings very well --- and to support this statement, now science has also come up with the proof. Recently, a group of animal researchers and scientists has come up with a study that confirms that dogs know when a person is angry, sad or happy and they can very well understand the difference between the two.
Ludwig Huber – a prominent researcher at Veterinary Medicine Vienna's Messerli Research Institute stated that through their studies they have found that the dogs can distinguish between angry and happy expressions in humans. He further added that the four paw animals can decipher that these two expressions have different meanings, and they can do this not only for people they know well, but even for the strangers – very well they have never contacted them before.
To dig deeper on finding how well can canines differentiate facial expressions, Huber and his team had trained the canine babies to figure out either happiness or anger by studying the pictures. The canines were shown 15 different faces – just the partial faces were shown shunning the whole picture. The aim was to see whether the dogs could understand emotions by simple looking at the eyes or the mouth. Dogs who identified the happy faces were treated with a reward and others who identified the angry faces were also rewarded with treats.
Following this, the dogs have to undergo four different tests.
In this study, researchers directed dogs to find either the happy face or the sad face, and the dogs selected the ones by pressing their noses to a touch screen.
At the end of the test, the dogs ended up selecting the angry and happy faces correctly 70 out of 100 – which can’t be taken as a luck as the trained canines picked up the right facial expressions. Above all, dogs were able to find the happy faces quite accurately and based on this, researchers acknowledge that canines can feel the emotions by the facial expressions. And, the study claimed that the dogs can apply what they’ve learnt in the new situations too. So, once a dog learns what her angry master looks like, she could apply the same to recognize an angry stranger.
Moreover, the study has also aided to find out that the dogs know that the smiling face is related to positive feelings while a frown is associated to something negative.
Overall, according to the study, we can say that the dogs used their memories of real emotional human faces to fulfil the deciphering task.
My Doggie Does not Like it When I Hug Him.....A Logical Explanation by a Renowned Veterinarian for this Pre-condition in Canines
In fact petting your furry pal is the best form of stress-buster that lowers your blood pressure and enhances the levels of hormone oxytocin. But have you ever wondered what impact does your hugging have on the tyke? A renowned veterinarian says that it might not be all wagging tails. The answer is very complex and so naturally there would be lot of questions in the minds of dog owners.
Some dogs dislike getting hugged while others simply do not react at all. Other dogs completely fall head over heels when you hug them. So why is there so much of behavior difference in dogs? Isn't it true that dogs are best friends of humans? If yes, then why is it that your doggie lets you hug him while dislikes it when some other human does the same thing? Shouldn't he just crave for the attention the same way? Doesn't he enjoy the belly rubs or rump scratch as much as we do? Such questions come in our minds while dwelling on this topic.
A reputed veterinarian answers these questions by saying that the one thing that dog owners need to be clear about is that every dog is different and so their reaction will be completely diverse. So if your doggie does not like your hugs it does not necessarily mean that he does not love you rather it is not a way that dogs display their affection contrary to what human beings do.
This can be understood by an example. When you take your pooch to a friend's place who has a dog the two pooches greet each other differently than human beings. The way they say hello is contingent on factors like whether they are meeting for the very first time or are they reforming their old bonds. They smell each other's face, smell their rump, wag their tails, or bow to each other but never hug. This is a sad fact but it is true even if two dogs are besties.
In dog parks, when you see dogs romping at the park there is a dog who bullies others by constantly standing on the other dog or pushing down on his shoulders. This can by no means be termed as an aggressive behavior in the doggie world. Rather it is considered to be an assertive and controlled behavior. So when you hug your little bundle of love the reaction totally depends on the dog breed. For example; golden retrievers are renowned for fondness over any kind of touching while other dog breeds consider it to be a threat So there is a thin demarcation line between what is acceptable or not by the dog.
When you hug your pal he will sniff you, close his mouth or do a bit of lip licking. He is thinking in his mind whether he has done something wrong which has invoked such a reaction from you. This results in anxiety and he does not know whether to sit still or do something. We know that you love your tyke a lot but remember we are not the same species. This difference needs to be understood and then we need to correct the way we deal with our pooch.
When you hug your furry pal and he leans on to you and snuggles it means that he loves when you hug him. But if he leaps away when you lean in it is safe to interpret that he does not like being hugged. Hence, it is important to interpret the doggie behavior correctly because mishaps do happen if the doggie behavior is misinterpreted. There have been cases where a hug at the wrong time resulted in lethal snaps by the pooch with the help of his sharp teeth. You would not want to have a piece of it. Do you?.