Do you think your dogs can read your moods? Like when you are sad and happy, etc. Or when you are mad or proud of them? I also wonder whether or not they know what I am doing when I am constantly hugging and kissing them. What are your opinions on this? Do they just *know*?
That makes since. Rusty and Bailey know my moods just by my tone I think. Ariel will know when she is getting on my nerves, but she just cocks her head and looks at me like she's saying "What??? Did I dooo something?" Lady doesn't seem to know yet. She just wants to be right there all the time. She will come up to me to be petted, but then she'll get tired of it and go lay down. Rusty and Bailey will stay all day long if I keep petting and Ariel will stay unless she thinks she's missing out on something. I think they do know for the most part though. I know I've been really upset about something before and Rusty will come stick his cold nose on me and stay there and wag his tail until he has my mind off of whatever is bothering me. edit to add: I truly believe Rusty knows I saved his life. When I adopted him he had heartworms and if he wasn't adopted or sponsored he would have died. I really think somehow he knows.
i have read stories about dogs who knew their owner was upset and they would offer comfort. i have never had that with any of my pets. stosh knew by the tone of my voice if i was in a bad mood and he would leave the room. the closest dog i had to comfort was prinny. she wouldn't come to me if i was upset but she would stay still for as long as i needed her to if i went to her. that could be partly due to her not walking well. scout could care less what mood i am in. she snuggles when she wants except at bedtime. she knows her place to start off is with mom. i don't have to ask her for that, it is automatic. but then she is with my son by morning.
I think Oscar knows when my moods change. I think it has to do with body language. But when my grandfather died my lab, which is usually the most hyper dog in the world, laid in my lap and he put his head on my shoulder. And danes are already really sensivite so when I even raise my voice Oscar goes and hides in the bed. So, yes I think dogs know when your mood changes.
My schnauzers are like that. There have been times when I've been crying and Lacey comes over and gets right in my face and rubs her nose on me until I cuddle her, then she'll kiss me. Champ will come stand near me very still, like he knows something is wrong but he's too afraid to do anything about it. He's the nervous type.