Many people claim their four legged friends as family or fur babies. This may be with better cause than we ever before acknowledged. Dogs have been scientifically shown to be able to sense things about people, especially their owners. Though this may be old knowledge since dogs have been used for therapeutic purposes for years, it may surprise you just what your dog can sense.
Dogs seem to be able to sense emotion. Your dog will likely know if you are sad and will probably adjust their behavior accordingly. Next time you are feeling blue watch as your dog also gets quiet and lies around close by for comfort. Dogs can also sense what your intentions are with almost psychic ability. Think about giving your dog a bath. Most will run and hide even before you try to corral them to the bathroom or hose. They just seem to know. Studies show that dogs use eye contact and gaze to discern your thoughts so maybe they are not quite psychic after all.
Dogs have also been thought to sense disease or injury. If your dog has been paying particular attention to a specific part of your body, you may want to head to the doctor. Some studies show that dogs can sense certain types of cancer due to smell. Additionally, dogs can be trained to sense oncoming seizures or chemical changes in the body that indicate disease.
One dog sense all owners have seen is the ability to sense your fear. While small dogs may take their cue from owners and become frightened themselves, larger dogs are likely to become protective of owners when they sense fear. Your dog will look to you for guidance in many situations so lead by example.
Dogs can understand unfair treatment. In a study from Australia, some dogs were given treats for a trick while others were not, while in the same area. Those dogs who were not given treats became agitated and exhibited impatience. They knew it was not fair. The size or quality of the treat did not matter, as long as everyone received a treat.
There are many other things that dogs can sense, such as if you have other priorities, anger, generosity, and even when your back is turned. So treat your dog as a family member, know he or she has feeling and can sense more than we could possibly imagine.