Having a dog is the most beautiful thing that has ever happened to you. Try and play dead; your puppy will sniff and whine like a baby. There are times when you are watching television or doing some work, and you find your dog staring at you.
It can be scary and uncanny, mostly when it happens in the middle of the night. You realize that you are not alone because they have their eyes on you.
The million-dollar question is – Why does my dog stare at me?
Is it because you are hilarious? Are they possessed? Here’s an article that explains the behavior.
Dogs stare at you for long because they try to read your body language. Perhaps they want you to pick the leash and go for a walk. Maybe they need food! Always remember that dogs can’t speak to us in English. They will try to convey the message through actions or ‘stares.’
They are staring at you for a reason. Just so you do not get scared, we will share some more details.
If your dog is near their food/water bowl and you are getting the stare, it means they need a refill. In case your dog is standing near the door and staring at you, it is time to go step out for a walk.
Are you eating something delicious? Even if it is not delicious, your dog is curious. They want a bite or just need to sniff the snack/food item. That’s why they are giving you a stare.
Hold that thought! There are more reasons. Keep reading to understand the behavior of your pup.
Stay Away From My Toy
Some dogs are very possessive of their toys and bones. If they have a piece of chicken, a bone, or a toy near them, do not try to snatch it.
Please remember that your dog is staring at you because they don’t want you to steal their bone/toy. Most dogs guard their toys and chew bones. So, they keep an eye on their humans and strangers around them. It’s called ‘resource guarding.’
Don’t Cry, My Hooman.
If a pet’s parents start crying or is upset, their dog will sit close and offer a paw. They are worried and try to comfort you in many ways.
In case you are crying, they will come close to you and stare. As per research, a dog’s stare is also a sign of affection.
Your dog loves you, and you have nothing to be worried about.
Understanding the Concept of ‘Love Hormone’
As we mentioned before, dogs may stare at you as a form of affection. The eye contact which is made between a pet parent and a dog releases oxytocin. It is also known as, ‘love hormone.’ It is akin to what a hug or a kiss does between a couple or two people.
It is also possible that your dog respects you. Dogs think of you as the ‘boss’ of the house. Maybe they are waiting for an instruction/command. Dogs are extremely faithful and obedient. So, staring at you for long may be a sign that they are attentive.
If your dog is staring and growling when you try to take their bone/toy, you must speak to the trainer. It is referred to as ‘aggressive behavior.’
So, don’t worry if they are staring at you. Now that you know the possible reasons, you can decipher what your dog is trying to say.
Ensure you keep their food and water bowl full, and regular walks are extremely vital for your furry friend. And, if they are still staring at you, it is a sign they love and respect you.
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