Humans have lived with dogs for millennia. Dogs have been our faithful companions in every way and have filled our lives with great joy, but did you know that your dog can feel very many different emotions when he looks at you? How do you think your dog feels when he looks at you?
Dogs tend to always have a leader in the herd, which in this case is their owner with whom they form an addictive relationship. This makes them because of their past because wolves, their predecessors, also followed a “boss”.
“Dogs are man’s best friend.” This is a simple phrase we learned early in life. Although it is so common, it contains thousands of years of history. If dogs could think and talk, would they say the same about us?
65 million years ago, after the extinction of dinosaurs, a great change took place in the world that directly affected both dogs and humans. Mammals began to feel much safer in the world because most of their predators had become extinct.
For millennia, mammals have spread throughout the world. Now you might be asking yourself when the dog’s ancestors first appeared? According to paleontological data, Cynodictis , the first dog breed, existed 37 million years ago. This early ancestor of dogs lived for almost 10 million years until it completely disappeared and gave way to new generations closer to our modern age.
One of the species found today that is closest to the dog’s predecessor is none other than the wolf. This breed first appeared in Germany and America 200,000 years ago, along with the fox, jackal and coyote.
But something happened: the wolves began to adapt to the human species. Maybe you thought that dogs had existed in the way we know them today since the beginning of the world, but not even wolves have existed for so long. For 40,000 years, humans have had a very close relationship with a very small number of dog breeds like the ones we see today.
The relationship with people
Our first relationship with dogs started, according to genetic studies, over 32,000 years ago. But it was not a very warm relationship. It was rather the opposite: extremely hostile.
The main problem was that the first dogs had inherited wild genes from their ancestors. But over the centuries, they changed their attitude toward people. The first sign of reconciliation between dogs and humans was their gradual and voluntary dependence on getting things from us humans, such as food and shelter.
An addictive relationship
It was 19,000 years since the dog and man began to work together. The domestication of dogs began with simple jobs such as hunting or herding sheep. But your relationship with your dog probably does not look the same.
For many years, dogs were considered property. We did not consider these beings to feel and suffer as much as we do. But now there are laws in several countries where dogs can be a legal part of a family as a living and independent being.
Today, dogs have become our inseparable companions. Both they and we know a lot about each other. But unfortunately we are the only ones who can communicate in words.
Our dogs have many emotions within them but communicate them in other ways. Through expression and actions, dogs have learned the ability to show love and warmth. They may even view us as an inseparable part of their lives.
Maybe you think your dog only sees you as a creature that provides food and protection. But today’s dogs have an evolutionary difference compared to their ancestors. Namely, they love human company.
Dogs are happy to see us
There is evidence that our dogs, when they look at us, are just as happy as when a baby sees its mother for the first time. And this is not surprising: we often consider our pets to be our “fur children”.
When you come home after being away for a while, the dog jumps up and maybe licks you in the face. This is a symptom of anxiety and loneliness, but also shows that he is very happy to have you back. It is clear that your dog feels strong feelings for you.
Licking your face is also something that the dog inherited from the wolves. It is a way of greeting and showing affection for their flock members. You will also notice that the dog follows you wherever you go when you are at home. Maybe he even likes to lie on your feet.
The animal conveys how much he missed you during the day. He also follows a rule in the flock: he follows the leader. And you are the leader. Of course, your dog also wants you to hang out with him.
Hopefully you now understand a little better what your dog feels when he looks at you. He can not express himself verbally but notice his actions and you will understand what he wants to say.