Doggy feelings and emotions explained

MANY of you may believe that dogs have the same feelings and emotions as humans and that they understand our language; this is a mistaken belief.

Dogs do understand our body language but are unable to understand our emotions.

Dogs are not small, furclad human beings, they are canines even though they show loyalty and devotion to the hand that feeds them.

Dogs live totally in the present. They do not worry about the past and do not dream about the future. They are not endowed with imagination or feel grief, hate, jealousy or greed or other emotions that bedevil human society. They do have a high sensory ability, which is often mistaken for a kind of sixth sense.

They will understand whether your tone of voice and your facial expressions are good or bad when you are talking to them, in whatever language, but they will not understand longer phrases than commands like sit, stay and get down.

A good example is when we believe our dog is sulking or when a dog pines over the death of a member of the family. The dog will be feeling the loss of a member of the family. It will also be confused by the vibrations of distress it picks up from the family when there are arguments. Once the family has settled down, the dog will make a quick recovery, for it lives in the present and not in the past.

Do not attribute dogs with human emotions. Try, instead, to understand their simple canine minds, which are untroubled by so many of our emotions.

By the way, my Boy Boy is nearly human!

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