If you’ve ever had a good cry in front of your dog you already know the answer to whether or not your dog knows you’re sad. I’m going to give you the science behind it that proves just how deeply our pups empathize with us. I’m Anai Fonte and I own the raddest dog hotel in Miami. With over a decade of closely caring for our furry best friends, I am going to give you some cool insight on our incredible bond.
In the article, “Canine Comfort: Do Dogs Know When You’re Sad?” by livescience.com they cite a small study conducted in 2012 “they were responding to the person’s emotion, not their own needs, which is suggestive of empathic-like comfort-offering behavior,” Mayer said in a statement…Of the 15 dogs that approached a crying owner or stranger, 13 did so with submissive body language, such as tucked tails and bowed heads, another behavior consistent with empathy (the other two were alert or playful).”
Does your dog know when you’re sad?
- All signs point to yes.
- Dogs respond in ways that indicate they’re attempting to provide comfort.
- Dogs may also feel sad when you do.
You always knew it but now you know, know it. Just another reason dogs are the best!