Does your dog stare at you a lot? What do you think this staring could mean?
Well, according to Dr. Patty Khuly and a report on vetstreet.com, dogs stare because they are hoping to get "something", possibly a yummy snack.
Some dogs stare more than others, and there is also the theory that staring means a reward of almost any kind from their beloved human. A car ride, a game of fetch, a walk, a run, or just seeking attention in any way possible, may be reasons for staring.
Staring is also indicative of a dog wanting praise, direction, or your dog is just trying to figure out what their owner is thinking. Facial expressions and emotions tell a dog a lot about their human's behavior.
Staring is a good thing and most dogs are encouraged to stare at their humans in a training situation. Humans staring into a dog's eyes may actually be a rewarding experience, as long as your dog doesn't equate the staring behavior with a direct challenge.
If your dog is prone to any behavior or agression traits, the last thing you want to do is stare into your dog's eyes. You know your dog best, so weigh this behavior carefully.