All animals possess an innate ability to communicate with their own species, the doggie behavioral experts at Wag, a dog-walking and information site, tell Readerâs Digest. But over the course of thousands of years spent with humans, dogs have acquired the ability to communicate with humans in a way that humans understand and encourage. Thatâs why one facial expression can mean two different things, depending on whether your dog is interacting with you or another dog. Hereâs what your dogâs adorable face is trying to tell you.
A perfect example of the dichotomy between dog-to-dog versus dog-to-human facial expression is eye contact. Between dogs, eye contact signals aggression, explain the Wag experts. Between humans, eye contact is an integral part of communication. Humans reward eye contact from humans as well as dogs. Dogs have acquired this understanding and use their gaze to win approval from and show love for their humans. Here are 13 astounding things your dog knows just by looking at you.
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Part of communication via the eyes includes breaking eye contact. Dogs stare at each other until one or the other breaks the gazeâand a fight could break out. With humans, dogs are perfectly comfortable breaking eye contact, and in no way is it a prelude to trouble. Rather, it indicates a comfortable rapport between a dog and his person.