It is amazing how many people think that dogs have no feelings or emotions, which studies have shown is so far from the truth. Researchers believe that dogs can feel primary emotions such as anxiety, anger and fear and that they have an inner sense unlike their humans. Does that mean they also know when you are sad or happy, or do they simply reflect off of your vibrations? Dogs can feel sad and get depressed and if you note your dog is “down in the dumps,” it may be necessary to contact your local Rockford-area veterinarian as listed below or one closest to your home to get a diagnosis of your pet.
Recent studies have proven that a dog will approach a sad, crying person much more quickly than a happy-go-lucky person who may be humming or singing. Such happy emotions seem to capture the dog’s curiosity and many times gets no response. Researchers have found that a dog is more apt to approach their owners when they are crying and feeling sad. It is believed that crying and sadness evokes a higher emotional response in dogs than humming, talking and singing.
Further scientific research has not been able to prove overwhelmingly that dogs have empathy in response to the pain of their humans although most people believe that their dogs feel the need to give comfort in difficult, sad times. It is true that a dog has a way to console and ease your sorrow just with a snuggle, cuddle and a warm lick of love.
To prove a dog’s response to human emotions, a test was performed with 18 dogs of all mixes and breeds. Analysis revealed that 15 out of the 18 dogs responded to crying sounds. Only six of the dogs responded to happy humming sounds. Of the 15 dogs, 13 of them responded to the crying with submissive body language, although no one can confirm to what the dog is really feeling by responding to you during a sad moment. The belief is that dogs respond to crying in order to comfort you because you in turn give them comfort when they are sad and crying.
We may never really know for sure if the dog does indeed have empathy for us or know the difference between laughter and crying, but with their unconditional love for their owners, why take comfort in the fact that the dog is there – to comfort and be comforted.
If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at - Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists
For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -PETLAND, (815) 332-4200 - Petland
For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy
If you are looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Led foot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at Ledfoot Bakery. Contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, Ledfoot Bakery Contact.
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