Tag Archives: dog emotion

Study Proves Dogs Can Feel Jealousy

Posted on: September 16, 2014 - 1 Comment

Does your dog ever behave in what appears to be a jealous manner when you interact with a friend’s canine companion? How about his behaviors around toys or food? Does your dog suddenly become more interested in his playthings or meals in the presence of another pooch? I have certainly seen my own dog, Cardiff, Read More

Is Jealousy a Canine Emotion?

Posted on: July 28, 2014 - 2 Comments

Have you ever wondered if your dog feels jealous? Little research has been done to validate whether or not jealousy is an emotion experienced by dogs, but a new study shows that it just may be. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego found that dogs showed jealous behaviors like snapping and pushing when their Read More

What I’m Trying to Say

Posted on: June 11, 2014 - 1 Comment

Positively Contributor and Colorado-based VSPDT Louisa Morrissey discusses dog body language and communication, and how you can better understand what your dog is trying to tell you.

Dogs and Humans Might Be Closer Than We Think

Posted on: March 18, 2014 - No Comments

There is more and more astounding research coming in from scientists who have used positive methods to train a group of dogs to lie unrestrained in an MRI machine. Since dogs and humans exist in a similar social environment, it seems that both species have developed similar ways of processing social information. This may be Read More

Canine Emotion

Posted on: January 18, 2014 - 6 Comments

There is much debate on whether a dog’s experience of emotion is similar to that of a human’s or if a dog’s behavior is simply influenced by an inner drive to survive. While we cannot claim to have all the answers yet, science is helping increase our understanding of how the dog’s brain works, producing Read More

Are Dogs Able to Figure Out Who Has the Best Treats?

Posted on: December 3, 2013 - 6 Comments

Have you ever glanced over at your dog only to see that he has already been watching you? It may happen more often that we realize. A new study out of Argentina provides evidence that dogs carefully watch our interactions not only when we are interacting with them directly, but also our interactions with other Read More

The Science Behind a Dog’s Tail Wag

Posted on: November 4, 2013 - 1 Comment

The way your dog wags his tail may mean more than you think. Scientists have discovered that the direction of a tail wag can indicate a dog's mood. A tail wagging more to the right (from the dog's perspective) indicates a relaxed, happy dog, while a tail wagging more to the left indicates an anxious Read More

How Do Dogs Feel When They Solve a Problem?

Posted on: October 22, 2013 - 2 Comments

The feeling of accomplishment we get after solving a difficult problem (also known as the "Eureka Effect") may not be unique to our species. As research into dogs' cognitive abilities continues to unfold, we're learning more about the emotional life they lead. Recent studies have shown that dogs have the emotional range of a 2 Read More