Dogs Read Your Emotions and Attach Them to What You Look At
Your dog reads your emotions and attaches them to the things you love and hate.
I had paused to watch as a number of primary school aged students were rallying to begin a soccer game. Some of the players wore T-shirts which were green and the others wore plum colored T-shirts and those colors seemed to identify the teams. A number of observers who were also in the 10 to 12-year-old range gathered to observe the competition. Many of these observers also wore plum or green colored shirts. One of the plum shirted observers had a cinnamon colored Pomeranian dog with her. As she moved around the edge of the field she encountered another girl wearing green. I don’t know what the situation was but the girl with the dog made what appeared to be a series of angry comments pointing at the other girl who stoically held her ground and did not seem to respond in turn. As the plum shirted girl with the dog began to move away the dog made a wide circle to avoid the green clad girl who had been the target of her mistress’s anger. Then somebody from behind them called and the girl with the dog reversed her course and once more passed by girl wearing green. Again the dog swung widely away to avoid drawing near the girl in green. At that moment the part of my brain which deals with behavioral observation and analysis clicked in. It seemed to me almost as if the negative emotional outburst of the dog’s mistress had been clearly interpreted by the dog as belonging to the girl in green. The dog was now avoiding that person who was the target of her owner’s negative feelings.