15 Amazing Things Your Dog Can Sense About You

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Any dog lover will tell you that dogs have a sixth sense when it comes to understanding human emotional needs.

When you are feeling down, a dog can often act as a better confidant than another human.

They also listen better, respond appropriately to your emotions, and seem to genuinely care about your feelings. What gives?

It should come as no surprise that dogs are capable of intense feelings. They are highly social, pack animals with strong emotional connections to other dogs. They have their own social structures and bonding rituals, many of which mirror human social structures.

The same emotional connections that dogs experience in packs can transfer easily to any group setting, including cross-species situations. To your dog, you are family. It is as simple as that.

Of course, there are many other fascinating things that your dog understands about you that you may not be aware of. Sometimes their abilities can be downright spooky, but there are strong scientific explanations for your dog’s behaviors. Understanding how your dog perceives you can help you relate better to your pet.

Here is a look at 15 things your dog can sense about you along with some insight into how dogs do these things and what it all means.

1. Dogs Know When You Are Sad

When you feel sad, your dog will immediately pick up on this and adjust his behavior accordingly. He may become more subdued than usual, lose interest in his toys and even refuse his food.

Usually, your dog will quietly observe you from a corner of the room. After a while, he may come over and lie down at your feet or gently rest his head in your lap. Many dogs will even try to lick away tears as they fall. A dog’s master is the center of his entire world, so sensing your feelings of sadness will have an effect on him too.

In a study published in the journal “Animal Cognition,” researchers found that a dog was more likely to approach someone who was crying than someone who was humming or talking. Furthermore, they found that dogs respond to weeping with submissive behavior.

In other words, dogs seem to be trying to placate a person who is upset. What is more, dogs will approach anyone who is upset the same way, regardless of whether that person is their owner or not.

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The scientists insist that this study does not prove that dogs experience empathy, but it certainly goes a long way to supporting the claim. It also clearly indicates that dogs can identify sadness as an emotion that is different from other feelings.

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Carol Geyer
2 years 1 month ago

So do my cats. Both of my dogs and all four of my cats crowd around me when I am upset. GOTTA LOVE ‘EM!

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KaayC
1 year 5 months ago

Awww you are surrounded by love. How cool.

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Spiritof America
1 year 4 months ago

It is the only way to live.

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pacific707
2 years 1 month ago

Agreed!

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Cheryln Kurz
2 years 1 month ago

Agreed! My three cats & AmStaff/pit mix, Otis, know when I’m sad or sick. They are more gentle and cuddle with me. My sister is pregnant and Otis actually stopped jumping on her when her belly got bigger. She loves wrestling with him and when she started showing, he got more gentle with her. It was really sweet to see :)

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Gunfight man
1 year 6 months ago

An American staffordshire terrier is the same thing as a pit bull. Am staff is the politically correct term for a pit bull. No other kennel club recognizes am staff, they just call them what they are, a pit bull. You have a an American pit bull terrier unless he’s short and all muscled up to the point he can’t move then he would be an American bully, which is the result of people ruining the real pit bull working breed

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fifiwereking
1 year 4 months ago

“The Am Staff and the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) used to be considered one and the same, but they now have different bloodlines.”

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Gunfight man
1 year 6 months ago

My pit hunts by day and cuddles my baby daughter by night. That is a true American pit bull terrier

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KaayC
1 year 5 months ago

Lets hope he doesn’t get his days and nights mixed up. Personally I don’t trust em, and I love dogs.

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Glenn Festog
1 year 4 months ago

Whenever a dogbreed becomes popular, suddenly the population goes up and you get more reports; good and bad. Further, some breeders cashing in on this phenomina will inbreed there dogs. Remember Lenny from “Of Mice and Men”? Big gentle guy who would suddenly snap?

Same thing with dogs: there’s a reason why cousins shouldn’t marry each other.

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Miss me
2 months 23 days ago

You are right! Not bad dogs, but irresponsible owners and poor breeding.

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David Wilson
2 years 1 month ago

My dog was not too bright. He thought I was taking him to the vet to be tutored.

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Dubiaku
2 years 19 days ago

Must have been humiliating for him to find out the truth after bragging to all his friends.

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Glenn Festog
1 year 4 months ago

Worse, you can’t take him to the racetrack; he’ll get upset each time the announcer says, “They’re off!”

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gary fair
2 years 1 month ago

read W H Y !.. charities must stop funding the historical failure of animal research, no LIE!.. can live forever!

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Joshua Jacob Grillot
2 years 1 month ago

LAst dog I had was an american Shepard, smart dog but he had a nervous tick and would crap on the floor before I got him out to do his business. I’ll get another one, a german shepherd soon. I love those dogs.

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Heather V
2 years 29 days ago

My dog is so proud of himself when he does something he shouldn’t. Like get into the trash. He’ll great me at the door with a goofy grin and show me what he did.

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1rityls
2 years 27 days ago

For #8, isn’t it more likely that the dog goes to the actor who gave the homeless person food… because the dog is hoping to get some food too? Not some abstract concept like “generosity”? Likewise, wouldn’t the dog avoid the aggressive person because he seems angry, and not because he seems “stingy”?

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GetReal
2 years 26 days ago

My dog knew when my other dog was ill. She let him use her bed (a magnetic pad) so he would feel better. She wasn’t surprised when I came home one sad day without him. She already knew. I wish I’d gotten two of those magnetic beds.

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KaayC
1 year 5 months ago

The morning when my sister had to put her ( male) dog down, her female dog gave him her ice cream treat. It was like she just knew he wasn’t coming home. My sister gave them ice cream because Lucky just loved it.

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Brittany Ryder
2 years 25 days ago

Other than my husband, My dog is literally my best friend. His name is Ruger, and he is a 6 month old black lab and he is our child basically. He is a very emotional dog. he pouts, he smiles and he loves like no dog I’ve ever had before. When I’m not feeling well, he will not leave my side. I have to physically get up and have him eat, drink, go potty because he wont leave me. I love him to pieces. He always knows how to cheer me up.

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Cindy Araya
2 years 21 days ago

He is gorgeous!

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2 years 17 days ago

Sweet little guy.

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morph2020
2 years 9 days ago

Cindy, be careful. It’s only a picture.

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Angie Gann
2 years 7 days ago

Now that’s real love. I have 2 doxies and they are my babies. precious is 5 months old and Kiara is about 3 years old. Your dog is beautiful and sweet. :)

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Acqua Davis
1 year 11 months ago

I must have his sister – “MISS ZOE”!
She came to save my life. Someone put her out of a car, in Seaford, DE. She was only 4 mos old.
We had just lost our 10 year old (Blk Lab), on Dec 4, 2009 He was overdosed, at Old Marple Vet, in Springfield, PA.
“Miss Zoe” was found on April 20, 2010…JAN FEB MAR APR…Hmm!!
She also won’t leave my side, and will only get in a car with me. They are amazing. My husband said, she waits at the door. If the house phone rings she won’t move….but, if his cell rings…she gets up, because I don’t call him on the house phone.
She’s just getting over a bout with Lyme’s. I hope you don’t have to deal with that. She started limping. It must be very painful.God Bless & Good Luck!

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1 year 4 months ago

Shiva was my best friend, my baby, and my teacher. I had to say good bye to her about four and a half years ago, she was almost 13. This was by far, literally, the worst day of my life. It was worse than loosing a parent to cancer when I was younger; than the “break-up” with my “first-love”; than anything I could have ever imagined. I read some where something along these lines:

The pain we have to endure once they leave us, is the price we must pay for being allowed to have them in our lives; the joy they give, the lessons they teach, and the unconditional love they give.

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MilosMommyCries
1 year 4 months ago

Corey, I totally understand. Our Milo JRT died last March 31, we had to euthanize him due to lymphoma that would not respond to chemo/radiation; it was truly, like you said, by far the hardest thing we ever had to do. Milo was our child, he was going to be 12 yrs old; the look in his eyes when he knew he was breaking my heart stays with me. I think he was concerned about me while he could not breath due to the mass in his chest. We brought Milo home from the hospital so he would not need to pass there, the next day a nice vet came to give him a sleep shot. We did it very special for he deserved the best care and a good send off. Thanks for sharing and I am sorry you lost your baby. I don’t think I will ever forget Milo. We have rescued another JRT, Eddy, and he is a love. I think dogs like your Shiva and my Milo and Brittany’s Ruger come along rarely and if we are lucky, we get one – these are known as heart dogs. Warmly, Pat

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Roger
1 year 3 months ago

My Radar was one i wanted to die myself

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michael bennane
4 months 12 days ago

“heart dogs” … a lovely designation…but I really think every dog I have had in my life have been “heart dogs.”
9 dogs different breeds…2 cockers, 4 malamutes, 2 goldens and one bison…all heart dogs.

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Roger
1 year 3 months ago

I feel the same way about my Radar,

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Tahita White
11 months 20 days ago

I can relate because my dog is truly my best friend who knows when I’m feeling down and just recently she saved me from having a heart attack. She barked at me like she was going to attack me I got kinda of scared but I’m glad she did it because I don’t think that I’d be living if it wasn’t for my dog. They found out that I have congested heart failure so, thank God for my dog Sasha she truly a blessing sent by God.

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Julie B
2 years 23 days ago

My heeler knows when I’m THINKING about getting my coat and going outside, when she is outside where she can’t even see me! She starts to whine at the door. She can also tell what direction I’m THINKING about throwing her ball and I try to fool her without success. She is SO sensitive to me. Sometimes too sensitive – We have a new (mixed herding breed) pup who is wonderful but needs typical correction and my heeler takes it so to-heart when we have to tell him (pup) “no”. It breaks my heart when she looks so heartbroken unnecessarily.

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Dubiaku
1 year 7 months ago

My cat can tell when I’m leaving by subtle things like my showering or changing my clothes. I filmed him once and after I left, he went around the house crying (furniture is no fun – it just sits there and cats like living things better, and if he didn’t see me leave, he wonders where I am). So, I started telling him, using the same words every time, when I was leaving. I also bring him a snack when returning. He usually goes to sleep after I tell him, but he no longer cries or wanders around the house (or gets tears in his eyes when I’m leaving, I swear!). He knows I’m coming back. Sometimes, all it takes is communication. But I don’t think cats hear many differences in words (training goes better using gestures, I discovered). So use unusual sounds, like words with s’es and even non-word sounds that the cat can distinguish easily. Dogs are, of course, more attuned to human speech.

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Amberwalls
2 years 21 days ago

I had a male dog urinate on an unwelcome visitor to my home. This dog in all his years never had an accident in the house. It was flat out deliberate. I was trying to get the man to leave when my Shadow dog took things into his own paws. Walked over to the man and hiked a leg on him. Good boy!

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Cindy Araya
2 years 21 days ago

Wow! Such a good boy!

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Sheila Moore
2 years 12 days ago

My father told a story about being on the parade ground on an Army base with his soldiers in formation on the field, and a dog coming up and urinating on a sergeant that no one liked. Hilarious!

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Einelorelei
1 year 11 months ago

Oh that would be soooooooooo funny!

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Dubiaku
1 year 7 months ago

My cat once climbed onto the kitchen table (where he never has gone), scraped all my bills that were stacked there into a pile, and peed on them. That was because I forgot to feed him. But to be fair, I think it was just a message – he didn’t realize the seriousness to me, though he must have known the bills meant something to me. To get my attention, he’ll knock over things that I have touched in the last week, but not the last day. Maybe he thinks that the most recent would get him into trouble he doesn’t want!

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zoella
1 year 5 months ago

Your CAT. Get out.

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Glenn Festog
1 year 4 months ago

While I own two pitbulls now, I used to own a male black/white longhair Persian Named Charlie. Charlie would get REAL upset if I left the house without making sure his catbox was clean first thing. I’m not talking encrusted here, one pee overnight was enough, it had to go. So I get home from work one day and immediately realized I hadn’t checked his box before I left that morning; so I started looking, and looking, and I couldn’t find, well, you know. So I praised him for being good and settled down for the evening. Everything was fine UNTIL I went to put on my stereo headphones; the cat had crapped inside the left part of my headset. I’ll add that the cat got up and left the room when I headed for my stereo system.

I don’t have that problem with Salem and Bruno, cats are sneaky.

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Anna
1 year 2 months ago

I have 3 dogs the daddy the son and another female and now she’s pregnant chihuahua dogs

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Marissa Anderson
1 year 3 months ago

My dog has done that too! It is so hilarious! They really can tell.

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6thSense
9 months 8 days ago

A friend’s father had a standard poodle that was a really great dog. This poodle would fetch the newspaper from the driveway when told to do so. On one very rainy day, the father opened the front door and commanded the poodle get the paper – the poodle hesitated so the father booted the poodle off the front porch into the rain. The poodle got the paper brought it to the front porch where he dropped and an promptly peed on it. True story. Hah!

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Dubiaku
2 years 19 days ago

I think my cat can sense when I’m sad. But the difference is that he doesn’t give a crap. Though I admit he tried threatening me once when I was sick to see if I was faking, probably a tactic he would have used with kittens.

When you feed a dog, shelter him, and treat him well, he thinks you are some kind of god. When you feed a cat, shelter him, and treat him well, the cat thinks that he himself is the god.

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TinkerToes
2 years 6 days ago

I don’t agree. Cats just show their deference in a different way than dogs. My cat knows the sound of my car, and if he is outdoors, he runs up to the car and licks my feet when I get out of it.

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Dubiaku
1 year 7 months ago

Oh, I agree. Cats have far more abilities than people give them credit for. My cat cares about a lot of things, but not all. My sister-in-law remarked that she had never seen a cat like mine. When I asked why, she said that he answers me every time I speak to him. I told her I didn’t raise him to be rude (to which I got no laughs but weird looks). Common phrases like that a cat “thinks its owner is its mother” really rankle me. How long would any animal survive that walked off with a different species thinking it was its mother? They may try “mother tactics” to see if they work, like a human might try “baby tactics” on a small animal, but he does not think I am his mother. We are friends (though he shows deference by bowing his head if I approach from above. That bothers me, too, because I want him to think of us as almost equals. I would never discipline him, by which I do not mean “punish”, for acting like a cat).

Don’t get me wrong. I love and respect him. He has me beat in a lot of areas. Psychologists have recently discovered (even though most of them seem to be trying to prove how superior they are to the animals, not all are like that) that cats’ pupils dilate in response to the voices of its humans, but not to other common voices in its life. The cat hears and recognizes even when it pretends to be deaf. Cats hide injuries and emotions because appearing weak when you hunt alone could be fatal. But those of us who love them can often see past that.

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KaayC
1 year 5 months ago

Yeah, but THEY don’t have to deal with those lunatics on the Parkway. Get go eat and sleep all day.

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2 years 17 days ago

I have PTSD and a new puppy. She’s been very good for the anxiety and the nightmares. I’ve noticed lately when I have a nightmare, I wake to her licking my face. It certainly makes them easier to deal with.

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MilosMommyCries
1 year 4 months ago

Patty, I wish you well and am glad you have an angel by your side.

Guest
1 year 4 months ago

Thank you. I appreciate that. I have recently moved into a secure apartment building that you have to be buzzed into, between her and the new apartment I am slowly feeling safer in life. It also helps that I am on the 4th floor, so I no longer worry about someone looking in my windows. When I was 8, that was part of my stalking by my rapist. He would stare into my windows and watch me sleep. By the time my father got out there, because he lived next door, he’d be gone. This went on for a year while we went to trial. Now we would call it witness intimation. It got so bad, we eventually moved. He got 6 months probation because his father was the town fire chief. The way they saw it, at 7, I was asking for it. Nice, right. That helped mess me up for a long time!

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katherine
2 years 16 days ago

remember “As Good As It Gets” with Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson and the gay neighbor with his little dog Verdell? well, I lucked out at the Humane Society and came home 5 years ago with a long-legged, longer body Brussels Griffon! you have to see him to appreciate the name I gave him, SAM I AM! I’ve had several dogs from the H.S. but Sam is by far so intelligent and follows commands to the point I oftentimes am left in awe! I go one way around a tree, Sam goes another. I say
“back,” and here comes Sam back around the tree to my side! wonderful people who had him for two years prior to my adopting him undoubtedly loved him, named him Fizzgigg which if you Google it, you’ll see Sam! except when Petsmart grooms his facial hair and he can see again! so cute. he loves me and I love him, for sure!

The second name I call Sam is “wiggle butt” cause it’s a stub and goes pretty darn fast when he wants someone to play with him. He goes down on his front paws and raises his butt up in the air ….. reminds me of a helicopter!

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donna
2 years 16 days ago

The article was spot on.The only thing I didn’t see was dog’s sense when you are going out for the evening. When I would be going out at night my dog would sit at top of the steps outside of bedroom like she was saying “you aren’t going anywhere without me.”

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Sheila Moore
2 years 12 days ago

Or preparing for a trip. Dog looks at me with a sad face. Cat gets in the suitcase.

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Dubiaku
1 year 7 months ago

I guess that shows which one has the most practical intelligence. No screwing around! I’m going with you!

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cambeul41
2 years 14 days ago

Our dog seems to like to go to the vet. She pulls eagerly from the car to the door then pulls toward the exam rom as soon as we are told which one. The vet and all of the employees are treated as special friends.

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DERPYMCMURFY
1 year 11 months ago

mine freaks all out when its time to go to the vet but he loves going on hikes and to the park.

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Kathryn Easterwood
2 years 14 days ago

my little dog is my bff <3 he is a handsome little guy <3

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stellarswan
2 years 13 days ago

Thank you……this article is encouraging

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Follow Me Boys
2 years 8 days ago

my dog is a lab. I came back from SWA. He literally laid over under and on top for a month. I do NOT deserve such kindness. I don’t want him upset if I blow a seal and snap one day.

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scott905
2 years 3 days ago

Blowing a seal is easy. Blowing a killer whale — that’s another story. Also, where or what is SWA? Southwest Asia? Africa? Australia?

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Dubiaku
1 year 7 months ago

Dogs are very forgiving. It’s a good thing in many cases. But be an adult and direct your anger at the right places. Animals can learn about mistakes, though. My cat, when young, used to fear me after I stepped on his tail or something. Now, I say, “I’m sorry” and pet his head. He’ll then act frisky and go right back to the exact spot where I hurt him. He seems to understand it was an accident and signals that by putting himself in jeopardy again. He learned early that static electricity was not my fault, though as a kitten, he’d always look at me as if to ask why I had hurt him. Animals get wiser with age, too.

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$72861762
2 years 5 days ago

Dang. This is the first one I’ve disagreed with. My dog loved my psychopath step-father. He definitely was not a good person. In fact, psychopaths love the worship of dogs. I guess dogs sense the heartless alpha inside the psychopaths and admire their strength for it.

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KaayC
1 year 5 months ago

Nah, he was feeding the dog sirloin and vanilla ice cream when you weren’t around.

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ccw1911
1 year 11 months ago

I have a 6 year old Rott that absolutely LOVES his vet. Mention her name and he gets all excited and is ready to go see her. Can’t wait to get there and when he finally does see her he will let out a howl of excitement and rush to her just as happy as can be. Here’s a picture of him waiting for her to arrive.

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The_Shadow_Knows
1 year 5 months ago

WOW!!! Another good old dog!!! I can tell he seems really happy to see his Doctor!!!

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Toxophilite
1 year 4 months ago

I, too, have rotties. The biggest compliment I received from my vet was when he said he wished all his patients were as well behaved and friendly as my dogs were. He said he is never worried or afraid of working on my guy and gal because they were so well tempered. And they’ve never exhibited any concern about going to, or being at, the vets.

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Einelorelei
1 year 11 months ago

My pit bull saved me from an attack on the jogging trail. A skeezy looking guy approached me and she lunged at him and would have torn him to shreds if I wasn’t strong enough to hold her leash. I have only seen her this way that one time. To everyone else she is a happy friendly dog.

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Dubiaku
1 year 7 months ago

So your dog attacked a guy who hadn’t done anything wrong? Is that a good thing to you?

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Arya
1 year 7 months ago

@Dubiaku Read the article, and stop posting about fuc***g cats with each post. Glad your “smart, hop-in-the-suitcase-rather-than-gimme-a-sad-look” cats are so fulfilling for you. This person is referring to the fact that – in the article – they discuss dogs that sense when someone is about to do something bad. As the poster statrd, nothing happened to dog or human. Watch dogs are watch dogs. How is your watch cat doing at protecting you? Stop posting on every other post about your damn cat on a dog-specific article. That is all.

Guest
1 year 6 months ago

Couldn’t have said it better myself, @Arya!!!

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Dubiaku
1 year 6 months ago

Wow. Testerone tumor, perhaps? I’m sorry that you are angry at the world. You must be very lonely.

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fifiwereking
1 year 4 months ago

why are you taking your issues out on poor dubiaku? your therapist must really $uck…. some of us love dogs AND cats – people not so much….

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koreanbunny
1 year 2 months ago

Because dubiaku posts nasty comparisons of his favoritism over his cat obsessed rants on dog blogs. Dude’s a loser.

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koreanbunny
1 year 2 months ago

Your cat would run as fast as possible from antone intending to assault you and I wouldn’t blame him. Your obsession with your cat borders on an illness.

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KaayC
1 year 5 months ago

And if she misreads someone?…..

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Spiritof America
1 year 4 months ago

Dogs and cats sense “intent”. You dog knew what the mans intentions were and reacted.

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Diane Demp
1 year 11 months ago

we had 2 Irish Setters, they broke all the rules — they were extremely energetic, fun, sociable and just big rascals — mingling with guest when we had parties and sometimes quiet when we demanded it . However they preferred mass chaos to quiet times! They also liked the food and cocktails — as we discovered when guests would say but I thought I had a plate full of…or but I thought I had a glass full…

they also stole solid big things (eyeglasses, books, shoes) and we often had to retrieve things from their dog house –they were trained to stay in our open air vehicle but both one day just jumped out of the rear seat and decided to just run behind the vehicle (we lived in open high desert area!), once they took over a small lake irritating little boys fishing and swimming as they tried to retrieve a big barrel floating in the lake that was twice their size, they figured out how to get on our roof and would stand on the ridge observing the vast desert terrain and certainly smelling all of it —– etc.

they were charming and beautiful and “could” behave– but there sense of wild free spirit and having a good time often took over –my husband said we should have named them Rover one and two ’cause they were like the song the Wild Irish Rover — yes, they passed training class but kept the class and us in stitiches as the clowns

advice: wonderful dogs if you have a like disposition otherwise both of you will be miserable

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davol
1 year 11 months ago

Good article, but I was hoping to read something about dogs knowing when you are about to come home. Myself and lots of people I know have noticed this about their animals. That’s one of their spookier abilities it seems.

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steve
1 year 8 months ago

My two black labs are like velcro stick to me every where i go . But when the misses moves they don’t even batter an ey lid :)

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The_Shadow_Knows
1 year 5 months ago

Another couple of good ol’dogs!!!!

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Dubiaku
1 year 7 months ago

Cats are “highly social animals”, too, though in a different way. Going out at night, you’ll find packs of cats gathered, but not close together like dogs. The may spread out over a huge area. But they are together. Cats also have many “mirror neurons” like humans that create a facsimile of the other cat’s or animal’s thoughts to understand them better. Since cats socialize in ways different from humans and dogs, people assume that they don’t. Different cat species certainly vary, but housecats certainly have many social abilities. They even negotiate schedules with neighboring cats so that they are not in the same, overlapping terrirories at the same time. A British study with GPS showed nearby cats going home at 2 hour intervals while the other cats nearby used their territory, And then they switched. On the other hand, a cat species in northern China sees another cat only once a year for mating, though they “text” other cats all year with sprays on rocks and trails.

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Molly
1 year 5 months ago

Guess there aren’t any cat blogs out there!

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Helene Doss
1 year 7 months ago

My daughter is loud and bostrious. She does not live with me but my rat terrier adores her. When she is over, he will always respond to her commands despite the caretakers objections. Why is this?

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Dubiaku
1 year 6 months ago

The dog likes her.

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AZLBRAX
1 year 6 months ago

#6 is right on. Years ago, I had a fling with a neighbor. Every time we’d get in bed and start having sex her little dog would jump up on the bed and try to get between us. I put it outside the bedroom and closed the door but the dog just sat there yapping away.
Needless to say I found greener pastures in short order!

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Sydney
1 year 5 months ago

Not my small dog…an 8lb. chihuahua. If he senses I’m in fear of someone while walking he springs into action. Though he’s small, he’s loyal and tries to be the protector and only does so if he senses something’s wrong. He grabbed a stranger’s pants leg with his bite once and the man said lady please get your dog. Of course I did cause my lil guy could have been hurt, but the man went in opposite direction afterwards. My lil guy drew attention the creep didn’t want. Good Dog!

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The_Shadow_Knows
1 year 5 months ago

Your little Ruger is so cute!! I see he likes to play X BOX!!

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Tori
1 year 5 months ago

I have a 8 month old rottweiler lab mix, she is the friendliest puppy ever, and loves the kitten we have. Since the moment I saw her me and my boyfriend knew we couldn’t not keep her. I’m so happy we did, she can learn any trick so fast, and really has the best personality out of every dog that I’ve met. She feels like my child, and she’s spoiled but it’s well deserved! She is glued to me & gets upset every time I leave for work, and I always look forward to the happy welcome I get from her every time I walk through the door. Everyone is right saying a dog is a persons best friend, I didn’t think I could love a dog this much!

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Rachel Rapps
1 year 4 months ago

I love my dog so much. He knows when I’m upset. Today, actually, I had a panic attack and came home really upset and crying. He licked my face and sat with me.

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1 year 4 months ago

← Ricky Jr. son of Ricky is an expert trout spotter just like his dad was. I tell him to “find one” in the local streams and he will hunker down and stalk the bank. When he sees a rainbow or brown he will lay down and stare at it. If it moves up or down the stream he will belly crawl to keep eyes on.

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1 year 4 months ago

I saw an episode of Huell Howser where the farmer’s field dog loved avocados.

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Rachel
1 year 4 months ago

I agree wholeheartedly

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Debbie Rutter
1 year 4 months ago

My husband and I rescued a 10 week old black lab/golden lab/chow mix we named Buddy Bear AKA Bubbawubba four years ago when my 9yr old Collie/German Shepherd mix, Mystical died unexpectedly from a cancer that ruptured her spleen. She was my baby girl and I loved her so very much, and of course her “sister”, our other dog and I were completely broken when she passed away. I do believe that adopting Bubba was the best thing we did not only for me but for Ginger Marie, who actually cried — tears and everything just like I did.
Bubba is a Momma’s Boy in every way. If there is such a thing as a 4 legged soul mate, he is mine. I have never had a dog with a personality like he has. He talks and listens to me as well, if not better, than my husband or others in our family, He knows me better than I know myself sometimes. I swear that Ginger, our 14 year old would be running our home, and I would be the one living the pampered pet life, if she had the ability of speech and opposable thumbs!!
Bubba is one who must be as close to me as he can possibly be and often thinks he is a 100 lb lap dog!! I tend to prefer my dogs to most humans as they are honest, have a no nonsense moral center, and have never done anything to me that was dishonest or hurtful. All my animal children have been the joy of my life and I feel blessed to have loved and been loved by each and every precious one of the dogs, horses and ferrets whom I have shared my life with. They, each with their own very special personalities have enriched my life and are cherished and remembered fondly always. I do believe they have taught me the true meaning of unconditional love that I could never have learned from any human being!!!
Bless each of you who have critter family members and who have chosen to share your life with one of natures precious life forms whatever it may be.

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Jaye
1 year 3 months ago

I’ve suffered from a brain disease all my life. It’s under control though I require bi-yearly MRIs. We bought our son a puppy who is now a year and a half old. Recently the pup,Jake, has been staying on my heels and when I have a flare up he actually comes over and lays across my head with his entire body. Within a few minutes the pain begins to subside. There is no moving him. Not even when my husband offers his favorite treat. We knew he was an awesome dog right away but this is too much. He truly is a blessing.

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Kiwi
1 year 3 months ago

My dog is my best friend <3

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koreanbunny
1 year 2 months ago

Cat obsessed trolls comparing their cats to dogs on dog blogs = no wonder you’re called crazy cat people. Isn’t there a site for how great cats are for you or no? Cats are cute but on the whole nowhere as bonded to their owners as dogs. You never read about cats sniffing out illnesses or saving another cat from traffic or defending their owners. Nuff said. Dogs are pure love, they feel, they love in return, understand when they or you have done wrong and always forgive without you having to ask for their forgiveness. Love.

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James Jackman
1 year 1 month ago

I Lost my beloved paw-pall to old age & Arthritis 10 years ago on October 15th 2005, I lived in lodgings with the family who owned her but she was my soul-mate and true love for 5 wonderful years from 2001-2005 when she was sadly put to sleep at the age of 13 & 1/4, She was a beautiful golden Labrador retriever named Freeway she was named after the dog in Heart to Heart a 1970’s soap opera.

She was true friend so yes I understand every thing that’s mentioned on this website about dogs, maybe it’s time I got a dog of my own.

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Mitch
1 year 1 day ago

Pretty cool list, though a lot of them are the same thing, just worded differently.

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Riccardo Orsini
10 months 24 days ago

Ah, the joys of your pitbull smelling your fear-adrenaline and leaping at a possible offender with great gnashing of teeth and the intent to rip their vocal cords out. Sometimes my old amstaff pal (may she play forever in the great garden beyond!) got it right… Sometimes she got it horribly wrong, like that time we were hiking on a countryside trail and crossed our ways with a guy who was stretching his arms while holding a huge knife he’d been using to cut sunflowers. Thank the Maker we taught her to stop on command. That’s possibly the only thing she ever learned, and even then, I’m not sure she was answering to a command, or humoring us.
It wasn’t the only thing she felt, tho. When you were sad, she was always there to put a smile on your face. I remember when I had acute renal failure and almost died, she never left my side, my father had to almost tackle her to let EMTs load me on an ambulance. When I came back from the hospital, she jumped so high at my sight, I swear she could’ve vaulted over my head, and I’m not too short either.
She also loved the vet, wagging her tail when he was mentioned, and willingly submitting to just about any procedure – something that left the vet endlessly puzzled. It made putting her down even more sad – it felt like a proper betrayal, and it took me a while to accept that it was the only possible way to spare her the suffering of dying of a late-stage lymphoma. She’d been with us for 14 years, since I was six years old, and she’d been the best companion I could’ve wished for.

Now, after a desperate year and a half of doglessness, we got a new canine companion, a miniature poodle pup who’s been with us for three days and already learned his way around the house, and how to prey on my mother’s weaknesses, ha. He’s making me appreciate other aspects of being a dog “owner”. Some say dogs don’t have different personalities. Well, I can only disagree.

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Murray Donovan
10 months 22 days ago

You think Dogs never make it to Heaven? I tell you they make it before anyone of us! I forget who wrote that but I liked it. I just buried my mastiff June 30 2015. It was torture to watch him get old then hurt his leg. I tried to help him live longer and he did make it almost a full year but when infection set into his leg I knew. Hercules. He never drooled very much. He was my best dog. Don’t think I will get another. Hurts too much to watch them go and you get too attached that you can’t go on vacation without the dog.

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barbara
9 months 22 days ago

when i put my first dog down i would lie on the couch with my headphones and listen to secret garden. it really helped soothe me.

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Sherie May Pasco
9 months 10 days ago

This is Laky, our first baby since we are together in the same roof. He’s now 1 year old and 3 months. My problem with him is, he is too sensitive, he gets angry when we kissed his forehead. Is it a sign that he is not feeling well?

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Julie wilshaw
9 months 7 days ago

My little dog his sad if I am sad , will not move from my side if I am upset just wants to lick my hand and whimper

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Wayne Lunkwitz
6 months 15 days ago

I must comment on #3…….over the past 15 years , I have had 2 dogs, a basset that laid in my lap and seemed to sense “issues with my health ( after he started doing this I went for a check up after almost fainting…..diabetes was found)…..the second dog, a border collie mix……well …….she jumped into my arms at 5 months old at the pound…..but her specialty wasn’t me…..after my roommate had some health issues…one day ,for no reason she walked up to him, sniffed his hand and laid down by his chair……in this case ….later on cancer was found. My roommate passed away last year at 73.

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yasmin
5 months 20 days ago

Amazing article I even printed out a copy for myself to have so I can learn to:)

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4 months 19 days ago

now i know what my dog can sense, i just got a dog that my mothers friend gave to use the dog is such a sweet animal and he does change his behavior when he senses that someones is sad