Can Dogs Sense your Emotions? Know How your Pekingese Feels


Can dogs sense your emotions? What do you think? I bet most dog owners already know the answer to this question.  Anyway, dogs empathize with humans more than any other animal or human can, recent studies show. The latest study was posted in the Animal Cognition journal, and the results were amazing. Experts tested 18 dogs and exposed them to 10 humans, owner included.

One experiment would included humans emitting sounds in various ways. This is the way experts would see if such behavior would trigger the canine concern. Other humans were also asked to pretend to cry. And guess what? Majority of the dogs comforted the people who were “crying”, owner or not. They would act very submissive towards that person, lick and nuzzle them. It is their way of showing empathic concern and offering comfort as well.

Dogs interpret the world by smell as us humans by sight. True, their brain size may only be 1/10 compared to ours, but their sensory of smell is 40x larger than ours! A dog’s sense of smell is around 1,000 to 10,000x more sensitive compared to ours. A human has around 5 million scent glands while dogs have 125-300 million, depending on the breed. Wonder why your pekingese’s nose is wet? That mucus actually helps him smell by capturing the scent particles around him.

When your pekingese smell something they don’t simply register it, rather they get the entire story. They can smell pheromones on us. They can tell if you have been with another dog or human, whether its a male or female, what you ate, where you went, what you touched, if you are ready to mate, if you just had a kid, if you are pregnant, what mood you are in, etc… Dogs are also known for smelling out cancer and alerting their masters about it thus saving lives.

Can Dogs Sense your Emotions? Know How your Pekingese Feels

Can Dogs Sense your Emotions

Plenty of pet owners are comforted by a pair of puppy-dog eyes or a swipe of the tongue when their dog catches them crying. Now, new research suggests that dogs really do respond uniquely to tears. But whether pets have empathy for human pain is less clear.

“The dogs approached whoever was crying regardless of their identity. Thus they were responding to the person’s emotion, not their own needs, which is suggestive of empathic-like comfort-offering behavior,” Mayer said in a statement.

Source: Live Science, by Stephanie Pappas

Body Language

Since dogs can’t talk, thus they are skilled readers of the human body language. They can tell if you are angry or angry even before you feel it yourself. And this is not about sixth sense but rather it is based on their amazing observation skills.


Both humans and animals secrete pheromones. These are chemicals that provide details about a person/animal’s emotions, behavior or state of mind.


Just like pheromones, dogs can also smell hormones as well. A hormone that is related to stress is Cortisol. They can smell this one and they can understand the meaning of such hormones.

Sense of Smell

This sense is a dog’s most powerful tool for gathering data about the world around them. They can determine where a person had been, who he/she has been with, what he/she ate and much much more. And with all the hormones and pheromones secreted in your system depending on how you feel, he can smell you very well.

I hope that answered your inquiry on: Can dogs Sense your Emotions? Personally, I have experienced this one with my dogs, they know if I am so depressed without saying a word, they just stay by my side and lay their head on my lap.  And I bet, you also have similar experiences with your Pekingese.  Dogs are truly man’s best friend and they are even more loyal compared to your human so-called best friends.

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