Researchers say that dogs are the only non-primate animals that will look people in the eyes. Think about that and then think about the fact that dogs seek out this eye contact with people, but not their biological dog parents. These are not just teenaged dogs that won’t look their parents in the eyes.
Sometimes my dogs look at me like I’m crazy, but they never say it. I appreciate that. Dogs seem to have this built in ability to sense your emotions – they seem to know when you are up, down, happy and sad.
After reading more about this, it seems that dogs actually have what it takes to do this. One writer noted dogs are “physically wired” to pick up on our mood changes. Scientists have found that dogs interact with their caregivers the same way that babies interact with their parents.