A new survey has shown that over 2/3’s of dog owners believe that their dogs can “talk” to us with their eyes.
How Do Dogs “Talk” With Us?
57% of owners said their dog liked to bark or whine for attention, while 58% of owners said their dog “talked” to them by standing and looking at them.
Perhaps not surprisingly, most dogs “talk” to us in order to get a tasty treat!
However, dogs also try to communicate with us for other things like wanting to go outside, or when they are worried about the safety of their family. 39% of owners said their dog stood by the door to indicate they wanted out, while 22% said their dog ran in circles or paced back and forth.
7.5% of owners said their cheeky dog resorted to stealing something in order to get their attention.
Are They Good At Talking, Or Are We Good At Reading Their Signs?
Overall, 9/10 dog owners said their dog was great at communicating with their eyes and body language.
Other studies have shown that dogs are exceptionally good at communicating with us – and it’s actually us humans who are sometimes not great at picking up the signs.
This may be because humans have a habit of anthropomorphising pets; this means we tend to give them human characteristics or think of them as human. It means we may sometimes forget they are dogs and not little people; it’s likely we miss their obvious signs because of this.
So the next time you catch your pup staring at you, don’t ignore them – they’re probably trying to tell you something!