As a FURRENT, we always want nothing but the best for our FUR BABY. However, since they are animals and cannot speak, their movements, how they act, the way they bark or cry tells us a lot.
“It’s even weirder to realize that your own dog is staring at you while you brush your teeth, eat your breakfast, or spend time reading in bed. While being stared at by a dog might be less disconcerting than being stared at by a person, it’s still odd!” said Kayla Fratt, in “Reasons Why Your Dog Stares at You” in The Spruce Pet.
Here are some of the tips that you can follow with your FUR BABIES.
1. Longing Eyes
Your dog wants something when you see those longing eyes. When your dog looks at you with longing eyes, check out the following:
*Does he want his favorite toy? *Do you have food in your hand?* Does he want you to pet him?*Does he want to go out? Dogs quickly learn that staring at us is an okay way to ask for something. In fact, you probably have a hand in teaching your dog this behavior because you gave your dog something when she stared,” Fratt said.
It is possible that you gave him food when he stared at you. Or you absentmindedly reached out to pet him, also after you saw him staring at you. Or you unknowingly rewarded him when you caught him staring at you. “As annoying as the staring can be, you’ll probably agree that staring is a better way to ask for something than barking, digging, or biting!” Fratt said.
2. Tilted Head
Your dog is confused when he stares at you with his head tilted. “Dogs that stare during training, especially with that cute tilted head, are probably a bit confused. Your dog is trying to figure out what you want—much like you’re trying to figure out what she wants! It would be so much easier if we all spoke the same language,” Fratt said.
When your dog does not follow you when you tell him to do something, and he just stares at you, you have to go back to how you trained him. You have to retrain your dog. That stare means he did not understand your instructions. “Your dog isn’t being willfully disobedient. He is just confused,” Fratt said.
3. Direct Stare, Hard Eyes
Your dog is tense when he stares directly at you.Before a dog bites, he gives a “hard stare.”“There’s an entirely different sort of dog stare out there… This stink-eye look can last just a split second or go on for minutes. It’s one of many warnings of a dog bite. Confusingly, many dogs will also avert their gaze before they bite,” Fratt warned.
You have to immediately stop when your dog turns and stares right at you while you’re petting him or approaching his toy, food, cage, or bed, Fratt stressed. “It can take some serious practice to tell the difference between what animal behaviorists call a ‘hard stare’ and just a longing look for liver treats, “ Fratt said.“
Give your dog space if her stare is accompanied with a stiff tail (wagging or not), still body, closed mouth, dilated pupils (wide pupils), a lowered head, ears pinned forward or backward, and a strong body shifts forward or backward. You might not see all of these signs at once, but look out for any combinations,” Fratt added.
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With additional report: Kayla Fratt, “Reasons Why Your Dog Stares at You” in The Spruce Pet
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