Have you taken your dog to the hair salon, they start cutting your dog’s hair. You are afraid your doggy is gonna get uncomfortable. He’s looking at you, he gets uncomfortable. Your dog gets stressed, you get stressed, your dog tries to bite the hairdresser, you feel you wanna hit her/him as well. They have to take you out of the hair salon while they force your doggy to get his hair cut. Sounds familiar? No? It happens every time to me! And I must say, im not aggressive at all, actually i tend to avoid conflicts. But… what is this?
As pet owners, we all know how much our dogs can impact our mood. When we come home from a long day, our furry family greet us with wagging tails and unconditional love. But did you know that emotional contagion can go both ways between humans and their dogs?
Emotional contagion is the unconscious process of sharing emotions with others. It’s why we often feel happier when we’re around happy people and more anxious when we’re around stressed people. This phenomenon also occurs between humans and their dogs.
Studies have shown that dogs are highly sensitive to human emotions. They can sense when we’re happy, sad, or stressed and will often mirror our emotions. This is why our dogs may become excited when we’re happy or anxious when we’re stressed.
But emotional contagion can also work the other way around. When we’re feeling down, our dogs can sense it and may become more subdued or cuddly. This is because our dogs want to comfort us and make us feel better.
As pet owners, it’s important to be aware of how our emotions can impact our dogs. If we’re feeling anxious or stressed, our dogs may pick up on it and become more anxious themselves. This can lead to negative behaviors such as chewing or barking.
On the other hand, if we’re feeling happy and calm, our dogs are more likely to mirror those emotions and behave positively.
So, the next time you’re feeling down, remember that your dog is there to support you. Take a moment to snuggle with your furry friend and allow their unconditional love to lift your mood. And don’t forget to return the favor by being aware of how your emotions can impact your dog.
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