Can my dog tell what I am feeling before I actually feel it?
“What is it?”
“Why are you freaking out, Bailey? It’s ok.”
Do you find yourself saying these things to your dog sometimes? Have you ever wondered why your dog acts a certain way, seemingly out of the blue? It is quite possibly because your dog is smarter than you think.
Recent studies have been done to test if a dog can smell our emotions. Turns out, they can. They not only react to our words, the way we tense our muscles or pull on the leash; they also react to certain smells that we emit when in stressful or emotional situations. This might not be big news to any Service Dog parent or advocate out there, but it seems to go far beyond those dogs we think are deemed for service.
Once again, our good friends at Whole Dog Journal tell us HERE what happens to us when we are stressed and how our dogs can tell and react accordingly. It’s a funny and informative read.