In daily activities, you may often see your pet staring at you quietly. Your first instinctive reaction may be self-awareness, such as my hair messed up? Is there something on my teeth? Is there anything else stuck on my body? Etc.
But obviously, the dog’s gaze is not a judgment of your appearance.
For thousands of years, dogs and humans have established a close and domesticated relationship. This relationship makes dogs good at observing and responding to human behavior.
In many cases, gaze is a normal behavior of a dog and is used to convey a certain type of emotion, need, or need.
If you spot your dog staring at you, it may be due to one of the following reasons:
Expect or desire
When you eat, does your dog stare at you? If so, it is just waiting for a handful of things to fall on the ground, or just wants you to put a handful of food into its mouth.
But bad, this bad dog behavior is very easy to learn, and it happens often. If you give your dog a snack or other food while eating, it will stare at you every time you eat, hoping to get the same reward.
In addition to mealtimes, the dog may also stare at you because it wants to play or because its toy is stuck under something, because it needs you to help it take out the toy.
If your dog needs to relax, it will also stare at you to communicate its need to go out.
Want to order
If your dog is well-trained, it will stare at you and wait for instructions. If you are walking in front of a crosswalk, it may stare at you to determine whether it should sit and wait or continue walking.
Your dog wants to please you, so its gaze is that it wants to know a direction—instructing itself in the direction of what to do next, because only doing it right and doing it right can make you happy.
Unconditional love from dogs is usually irresistible. When a close emotional connection is established between a dog and a pet parent, the dog sometimes expresses his feelings by gazing.
When a dog stares affectionately at its parent, its eyes will be slightly narrowed, and its expression will be soft.
This situation generally occurs when the dog is large, and they may stare at the pet parent. The reason is because when it defecates, its defense ability is relatively low, and it is in the open outdoors, and danger may come at any time. Therefore, when it is in a disadvantaged position, it will pray for the protection of its owner.
Reading facial expressions
Dogs are good at reading and interpreting human facial expressions.
When your dog is staring at you, it may be reading your facial expressions and determining what to do next.
For example, if you have a worried or sad expression on your face, your dog may decide to sit quietly next to you to try to comfort you;
If you have an angry expression on your face, it may hide and shiver with its tail clamped tightly.
Prelude to aggression
This is the most terrible thing. Because once this happens, it means that your dog is not well-trained and has bad behavior problems such as possession and aggression.
If you touch all of its objects, such as toys, food, etc., it will stare at you fiercely as a warning to make you shrink.
If your dog gives you this kind of gaze, please step back slowly and stop staring at it, ignore it.
After confirming the safety, it is recommended to perform professional corrections for behavioral problems such as food protection.
In general, it is a good thing for a dog to stare at you and to send a positive signal between the dog and the owner. If the dog’s gaze develops towards aggression and attack, then it is time to seek professional help from veterinarians and dog training experts.