Although dogs do not speak the way humans do, they have no problem expressing their feelings and needs in other ways. Their emotions are simpler than those of their human companions. Understanding them is a matter of paying attention, training and getting to know your dog in order to comprehend what they are trying to tell us with any particular action or behavior.
Much of a dog’s behavior is based on instinct and not necessarily feeling in the way we think of it as humans. Most people can read emotions in their dog quite easily. For example, you come home and your dog dances around wagging her tail, and you think to yourself, “Lady is happy to see me,” or “Lady really loves me.” Or perhaps you’re out on a walk and, at the approach of another canine, your dog freezes in place; his hackles raised, and give a low throaty growl. We interpret this as “Rex does not like that dog. In such situations the emotional state of our dogs seems quite obvious. For this reason it is difficult for many people to understand that the existence of emotions in dogs was a point of scientific controversy.
It was presumed that dogs had very rich mental lives, with feelings much like those of humans and even the ability to understand human language almost as well as people. However, with the rise of science things began to change. The story of our friend “Hope” here is when her owner is asking her for going to a walk and the reaction really amazing, the beautiful girl, she jumps up and down and goes bonkers. Hope has so much energy — it’s just too cute for words!