Science Confirms That Dogs Can Actually Feel The Emotion Of Their Owners

That the dog is man’s best friend, this is nothing new for anyone. The relationship between humans and dogs is old.

However, the story of how this meeting took place has been lost in time. Therefore, it is not known how long ago exactly this relationship has existed.

Whoever who has a dog at home, knows what it is to always count on unconditional love and support. Animals appear at the top of people’s list of greatest companions for never abandoning their owners.

And anyone who loves dogs knows how is the relationship with these animals. You realize that they not only understand what the owner means, but also the form and tone in which they say things.

This connection between owner and pet is very strong. It is not by chance that he is considered man’s best friend. And the coexistence between humans and dogs throughout history, according to canine ethology, which is the science that studies the natural behavior of dogs, made these animals learn, naturally, to interpret human emotions.


According to a study by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), dogs can identify whether their owners are feeling happy, sad or angry. And by identifying these emotions in their owners they will have different reactions.

This may explain why dogs always want to be close to their owners when they are sad.

According to Alberto Tejeda Perea, specialist at the Veterinary Hospital of Specialties in Wild Fauna and Clinical Ethology at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics (FMVZ), dogs have a tendency to behave like children even when they are adults. And it is exactly the emotional aspect that helps these animals to decide which individuals they relate to.

In addition to recognizing feelings, dogs can also recognize when a person has bad intentions against them or their owners. When they feel that way, dogs can behave in a hostile and anxious way.

Identification of emotions

According to research, dogs can identify positive and negative emotions through someone’s attitudes, tone of voice or body language. And this identification is even stronger when the person is part of the animal’s social circle.

Because of this, it is possible that this identification happens to its owner or to the humans with whom he lives. In addition to identifying emotions, dogs can also remember who treated them badly or well regardless of how much time has passed. They keep this because they have an excellent olfactory and visual memory.

So, if even after a long time, they get back in touch with those who have been kind and loving to them in the past, they will return all the affection. However, if the person has mistreated, the animals will show a reaction of distrust and rejection.

Dogs also generally behave as they are treated. So, if they realize that the person is calm and cooperative they will act in the same way. And if they live with an anxious person, the dog will end up being stressed during the meeting.

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