What do dogs feel?

Does the dog have feelings inherent in man? The owner who loves his dog, of course, will answer in the affirmative, but still the dog is not a man. Let's figure it out calmly. So, what do dogs feel?


Imagine a situation: we come home, and we find there a complete rout. Of course, our natural reaction is the desire to punish a puppy. The desire is wrong, but now about something else. So, we “punish” the guilty - we use the characteristic words, phrases and physical actions. In an effort to reduce the intensity of our measures or to avoid the anger of the owner altogether, the dog takes the posture of submission: pressing his tail, pressing his ears, squealing, lying down, trying to hide and even making a pool. What is the nature of this behavior? This animal is motivated by genes: noting the subordinate position, you will be left alone. We believe that the dog has understood everything, and we stop the punishment, the animal is confident that it has coaxed us with the carefully accepted posture of submission.


Having decided that with pedagogy today is enough, we stop the punishment and try to forget about the incident. But our irritation does not pass immediately.Its duration and intensity depends on the properties of our character and on the amount of “damage”. After a certain time, the dog comes to us in order to perform the necessary and customary ritual of meeting the host - this is also recorded in the canine genes. But our irritation has not yet evaporated, and we again begin to reproach our four-legged pet. Having received familiar signals, the dog again takes a subordinate position and quickly retreats. However, we love our dog, and irritation does not last forever. In the end, the little dog “succeeds” to return our mood and the long-awaited scene of forgiveness and love begins.

After several repetitions of such scenes, the dog acquires a typical-conditioned reflex of behavior for the period of our irritation - the preservation of the subordinate pose. Thus, it reduces the level of punishment or avoids it altogether. In the future, all we have to do is say the key words that precede the punishment, as she immediately assumes an “offended” position.


How do dogs feel in a situation where a person is jealous? The dog is a very highly organized creature, but it still does not have human feelings. Canine jealousy is nothing more than hierarchical aggression.The dog is sure that the happiest is the leader of the pack. Exclusive rights belong to him: first fill the stomach, “occupy” a comfortable rookery, have views of the female and control the rest of the pack. There is a leader in any human community and the dog gives all his strength to be as close to him as possible in order to taste at least a portion of the benefits obtained.

A dog brought up by a woman gets used to the smell and voice of the mistress; in the presence of men, such a dog feels not comfortable. This condition we call "dog jealousy." Such “jealousy” or rather, aggressiveness increases when the dog marks the desire of a man to take the place of the leader of the “pack”. Conclusion: a dog is a creature no doubt highly organized, but it is unlikely that the dog is able to experience and feel as his master would like it to.