Dogs And Emotions In Dogs

All of us who own or have had contact with dogs know that they are able to express their emotions and have feelings and we can find more explanation on these things on We can sense their state of mind by looking at their body language, the expressions on their faces, the noises they make or simply observing the way they move.


The first thing is to know what we mean by emotion and what by feeling.


What do we mean by emotions? Dog emotions

Emotions are the feelings that drive dogs to react to an event or situation and it is also the way they feel after having reacted in this way. For example, negative emotion of fear can lead dogs to defend themselves, while positive feelings of contact and touch can help them form and maintain relationships with other members of a group. Emotions can be divided into positive or negative emotions and may have increasing or decreasing intensities. For example, as the joy of the animal increases, pleasure becomes joy and exaltation, while frustration can turn into fear and rage and apprehension in fear and terror. Animals with behavioral problems often tend toward extremes at the time of expressing their problematic behavior.

All these definitions have in common, that an emotion has three fundamental components:


  • A subjective component, which causes the dog to relate what is perceived at that moment with his own instinct-aggressionrecords. This component is what gives rise to feelings and causes each dog to react differently to the same situation.
  • A physiological component, which causes the dog to activate its central nervous system, an endocrine system …
  • An expressive component, which is the behavior manifested by the dog.
  • According to this, it can be classified in different points:
  • Self-awareness, which is the ability to recognize our own emotions.
  • Self-regulation, which allows us to control and redirect our moods.
  • Motivation, which is what drives us to act.
  • Empathy, which allows us to understand the emotions of others.
  • And social skills, which is what allows us to build social relationships.

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