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Don't Be Sad Around Your Dog

Because They Feel Everything You Feel

By Nasr RahimaPublished 2 months ago 4 min read

Dogs are known for their ability to pick up on their owner's emotions and react accordingly. If their owner is happy, the dog will wag its tail and jump around. If their owner is sad, the dog will often curl up next to them and offer comfort. But how do dogs do this? And why is it important to keep a positive attitude around them?

Studies have shown that dogs are highly attuned to their owner's emotional state. In one study published in the journal Animal Cognition, researchers found that dogs could differentiate between happy and angry human facial expressions, when I'm angry my dog leaves to from sit away from me, when I'm fully energetic he gets the zoomies and start playing, when I'm neutral he is calm, when I'm sad he trys to cheer me up, he is a good dawg, if you like the cut of his jib support him here. In one experiment they were able to do this even when the face was obscured, suggesting that they are picking up on other cues such as body language, vocal tone or maybe more?

Another study published in the journal PLOS ONE found that dogs could also sense their owner's emotional state through their scent. Researchers found that when dogs were presented with the scent of a human who was anxious, they showed signs of stress themselves, such as increased heart rate and respiration. This suggests that dogs are not just responding to what they see or hear, but to a range of sensory cues.

So, what happens when a dog is around someone who is feeling down or depressed? Unfortunately, studies have shown that dogs can also be negatively affected by their owner's negative emotions. One study published in the journal Behavioral Processes found that dogs who were around their owners when they were feeling anxious or stressed showed higher levels of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress, than dogs who were not exposed to such emotions. This suggests that dogs can absorb their owner's negative emotions and experience them themselves.

This is why it's important to maintain a positive attitude around your dog. Not only will it help you feel better, but it will also benefit your furry friend. A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that people who were optimistic had a lower risk of mortality than those who were pessimistic. While this study did not specifically look at the effects of optimism on dogs, it's possible that a positive owner could have a similar effect on their pet's longevity.

Of course, the benefits of having a dog go far beyond just their ability to sense our emotions. Dogs are loyal companions who offer unconditional love and support. They are also great for our mental and physical health. Studies have shown that spending time with a dog can lower stress levels, reduce anxiety, and even lower blood pressure.

Maybe you're not depressed but struggling in life or at work ? not when you have Dog, they help a lot in life because in addition to their ability to sense our emotions, dogs are also highly intelligent animals. They have been bred for specific purposes, such as hunting, herding, and guarding, and can be trained to perform a wide range of tasks.

One way to take advantage of your dog's intelligence is to train them to help you with everyday life tasks. For example, some dogs can be trained to retrieve objects, open and close doors, turn lights on and off, and even dial 911 in case of an emergency.

Service dogs, in particular, are trained to assist people with disabilities in a variety of ways. For example, a guide dog can help a blind person navigate their surroundings, while a hearing dog can alert a deaf person to important sounds such as an alarm or doorbell. Other types of service dogs can assist people with mobility issues, epilepsy, and other medical conditions.

But you don't need a service dog to benefit from your dog's intelligence. Even simple tasks such as fetching the newspaper or bringing you a drink from the fridge can be a fun and rewarding way to bond with your furry friend.

To train your dog to perform tasks, it's important to start with basic obedience training, such as teaching them to sit, stay, and come when called. Once your dog has mastered these commands, you can begin to add more complex tasks. Do research on the breed that you have so you can train it to its full potential ad keep mind that most dog breeds love working!

It's important to note that not all dogs are suited for every task. Certain breeds may be better suited for specific tasks, such as retrievers for fetching objects or Pitbull for guarding. It's also important to consider your dog's temperament and personality when selecting tasks to train them for.

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References for Studies:

Caeiro, C. C., Guo, K., Mills, D. S., & Olsson, I. A. (2017). Dogs recognize dog and human emotions. Animal cognition, 20(3), 513-521.

Dreschel, N. A., & Granger, D. A. (2005). Physiological and behavioral reactivity to stress in thunderstorm-phobic dogs and their caregivers. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 95(3-4), 153-168.

Hill, R. W., & Barton, R. A. (2005). Psychology: Reducing mortality through optimism. Nature, 437(7050), 126-127.

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