What Your Pet Is Really Thinking

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Various studies have shown that dogs are in fact empathetic creatures and that they were five emotions that they can feel, namely anger, sadness, fear, joy and love.  Now Healthy Paws Pet Insurance has released an infographic that states that 71.2% of pet parents believe they can tell what their pet is thinking.

Their research detailed the following:

Anger – Studies found that dogs have the same capacity for emotions as a 2-year-old human, including anger
Sadness and Grief – 66% of dogs exhibited four or more behavioral changes after losing a pet companion
Fear – Fear reactions are seen in most dogs during thunderstorms, including stress responses like pacing, salivating, panting, trembling, whining, hiding and increased salivary cortisol levels
Joy – Measuring brain activity with MRI machines found that the aroma of a dog’s owner sparked activation in the “reward center” of their brains
Love – Just like humans, dogs have the hormone oxytocin, which is involved with feeling love and affection for others.

Inspired by the blockbuster movie The Secret Life of Pets, they have spelt it all out in this fun infographic.

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tip of the day

Courtesy: The Kong Company
Courtesy: The Kong Company

Distraction toys such as a Kong can provide additional hours of fun if you stuff it with Ultramix sweet potato or pumpkin puree and freeze the toy until the puree is solid. Be sure to give the stuffed Kong to your dog outside or somewhere where you won’t mind cleaning up the mess – if he doesn’t lick up everything for you! Peanut butter is another great option. Courtesy Kong