Here's How Human Emotions Experienced by Your Dog

Ever wondered whether your dog experiences the same emotions as you? No doubts you have seen him wag his tail when excited or yelp in pain when you accidentally stepped on his paw. But is there such a thing as human emotions experienced by your dog?

All dog owners believe their pup is capable of smiling or frowning. However, science tells us that what we perceive as happiness or sadness in a dog is actually a conditioned reaction known as anthropomorphism. This conditioning is made possible thanks to the high IQ of dogs.

Human beings are not born with emotions in them. These emotions develop gradually until they become adults. Infants experience excitement before other emotions like contentment or distress kick in. As the baby grows they start to experience disgust, fear, or anger. As they start to learn walking, they also develop other complex emotions such as joy, shyness, and suspicion.

With that knowledge, scientists have come to the conclusion that dogs have an emotional intelligence or EQ similar to infants. Your pooch is only able to experience a few of the emotions experienced by humans. The only difference with an infant is that your dog's emotional intelligence remains constant throughout his life.

So you can feel safe knowing your dog will never harbor contemptuous thoughts over anyone. Rather, the human emotions experienced by your dogs are only those that help him live in harmony with you and other pets. Without further ado, here are the top human emotions experienced by dogs. 

Happiness and Excitement

Wagging of the tail, rolling on the floor with tongue out, hilarious barking, you can always tell when your dog is happy to see you. Interestingly, dogs know the amount of emotion to dish out to every member of his family. He will always show more happiness and tail wagging to the human he spends the most time with or regularly feeds him. So if you want your pooch to favor you over everyone else, always bake his favorite doggy treats for him.


A tail between the legs is always a sure sign of a timid dog. Dogs are naturally born with an instinct to sense danger and how they are socialized determines their response to the threat. A dog that is always scolded is prone to develop a withdrawn and fear-ridden temperament. On the other hand, a bold dog would be alert to the danger and charge at the intruder or go investigate the anomaly. It is important that you raise your dog to respect you (not fear you) and to always quell danger when he sees it


Your pup gets angry as well but it only happens when himself or his territory is being threatened. A dog that doesn't want to share his bowl of food will angrily fight off any other pup that approaches. Anger may stem from jealousy as well. If your pooch notices that you constantly give affection to the new dog, he may feel neglected and develop anger towards the new dog. Interestingly, this anger would only show whenever your pup and the new dog are fighting for your attention. When you are out of sight, the two dogs are the best of buddies.


These are four of the main emotions seen in dogs. Do you know of any other human emotions experienced by your dog? Comment below and let us know. 

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