Have you ever been watching a movie with your lovable little pooch at your side when you suddenly have that creepy feeling that someone is staring at you? Turns out, its not someone, your dog is staring at you.
If your like me, you start asking your dog questions. . .
What is it? You hungry? (stupid question, she’s always hungry)
Do you wanna go outside?
Usually you get a blank stare back or a tilt of the head and sometimes a bark.
So what’s with this dog staring? Is there something in your face? Or is he plotting world domination and wondering how to begin with you? Your doggo’s unusual staring behavior might creep you out a bit, however, there are several good reasons as to why they just love to stare at you, creepily. We’ve talked about dog body language before, but this is more specific.
We decided to share with you our research on the secrets of why your dog is staring at you.
Your Dog is Showing Affection
Your pooch adores you. And just like gazing lovingly into your lover’s eyes, dogs will stare and look at you in order to show their affection. You will see your dog having a soft expression and maybe a bit of adorable, squinty eyes to draw you in.
So if your dog loves staring at you gooey-eyed with tails wagging, then he just wants to say how much he WUVS you!
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Your Dog Needs Something
Dogs cannot speak our language and maybe a long stare can solve it. Maybe he is starving because you are 2 minutes late in feeding him his dinner. Maybe he wants to go out for a potty break. Maybe he lost his precious ball under the fridge and you are the only who can get it.
You’re Eating Something
Sometimes, the only reason why your lovable pooch is staring at your real hard is that you have something in your mouth that he wants to taste. Just because he has never tasted a potato chip in his life does not mean that he is not eager to help you finish that bag of chips right away. You adorable pooch just want you to share your food since those chips look and smell good that his tummy might be growling.
And sometimes it is actually our fault that he stares at you. If you ever fed your doggo while you were eating then you have taught him to stare at you in order to have his share. And now, he expects that he should do it again. Whether or not your unconsciously taught him this behavior or not, you can always train your dog to settle on his food if it bothers you.
Your Dog is Looking for Clues
Sometimes, the reason why your dog stares at you is that he is monitoring your behavior in order to find out what is going on and how it will affect him.
While you might think that your dog seems to rule the house, he actually thinks the other way around. You decide when at what he eats. You’re the one to decide when he can go outside and play. You decide where he can sleep and choose his canine or human friends. You are calling the shots in his life. And that is why your dog is looking carefully at you and is figuring out what you are up to since it has a direct effect on their life.
Dogs might seem aloof sometimes; however, they know how to read our body language. Their sense of hearing and smell are more acute than humans making them extremely observant and just loves to stareeeee.
Your Dog is Being Aggressive
This is not common, however, it can happen. If your dog gives you a really hard stare, has a stiff posture and eyes unblinking then he is showing signs of aggression. You might see this situation if you reach for his toy or food that he is guarding. In this case, it should be obvious what is happening. Check out our article on reading signs a dog is about to bite.
Well, now you know the next time you feel the glare of the stare from your pup. Usually its just adorable, normal dog behavior (except for the aggression). If you want to learn more about reading your dog’s signs and getting your dog to listen, check out our free 5 video training series put together by a real professional dog trainer. It’s free, so go get it!
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