5 Incredible Things Dogs Sense About You

For centuries, people have been turning to their beloved pooches for affection and companionship. And for good reason — dogs are incredibly perceptive and intelligent creatures. They may not understand the nuances of everyday life, of course, but dogs have an incredible ability to understand how their pet parents are feeling emotionally, and even physically. Indeed,†they don’t call ‘em man’s best friend for nothing!

Continue reading to check out some of the amazing things that your canine friend can tell about you.

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1. They Know if You’re Scared.

Heard something go bump in the night? Dogs can pick up on your fear, and will usually mimic your behavior. If you’d like to alleviate your dog’s fear, you need to†alleviate your own first! One exception, though, would be the several breeds that have been, well, bred, to be guard dogs.

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2. They Notice Inequality.

Dogs can tell if you’re playing favorites. Let’s say you have two dogs who both earned a treat for good behavior. If you give a treat to only one, the other will likely pick up on that, and believe she’s done something wrong. They can even stop cooperating all together. Perhaps there’s something us humans can learn from this!

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3. They Know Whether or Not You’re Paying Attention.

Any pet parent with a sneaky pooch knows this one is totally true! The science backs it up, too: studies have shown that dogs are perfectly aware whether or not there are any people around, and will behave accordingly. Even the most well-behaved dog on the block can’t risk temptations when no humans are around to scold them.

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4. †They Can Tell if You’re Sick.

Dogs have long been prized — and put to work — for their keen sense of smell. Their noses are thousands of times stronger than the average human! Just as dogs are trained to sniff for drugs or explosives, dogs have also been successfully trained to pick up on the extremely subtle scents our bodies give off when we have cancer. Other dogs have been trained to alert their pet parents when they’re about to have a seizure minutes or even hours before an attack will happen– though it’s not entirely clear if this skill is related to dog’s sense of smell.

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5. They Know If You’re Sad.

Does your dog somehow know just what to do when you’re not feeling so happy? You’re not imagining it — studies have shown that dogs can pick up on your sadness and are more likely to approach you. One such study placed two people, one crying and one quiet, in a room. Almost all of the dogs approached the crying person, and most of those did so with submissive body language — even if the crying person was a stranger to them. Researchers, though, aren’t entirely clear on whether this means that dogs fully understand empathy.

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921 comments

John B
John B6 months ago

Thanks for re-sharing Katie's informative article, links and marvelous photos.

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Nellie K Adaba
Nellie K Adaba11 months ago

Incredible and amazing.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallusabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Amanda Pearson
Amanda Pearsonabout a year ago

a lovely insight to dogs

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Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a year ago

thanks for the article.

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Teresa Antela
Teresa Antelaabout a year ago

All true! My pets (2 dogs and a cat) do not approach people they feel don't like me. My very best friends are my pets!

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Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiranabout a year ago

i love doggies.

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Ruth C.
Ruth Cabout a year ago

Cats are the same.

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Sara G.
Sara Away Gabout a year ago

I think they know dog lovers when they see them too, and can even pick them out from a distance.

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogersabout a year ago

All true! Good info. Thank you for sharing.

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