So do dogs cry?
You’ve probably been there before. You’re getting dressed, about to leave the house, and suddenly your dog begins to whimper. Is he crying? What’s going on?
The truth is, our dogs, usually so happy and full of life, are capable of feeling sadness. So, do dogs cry? The short answer is… well, yes and no.
There has been no evidence that dogs cry physically in the same way that we humans do. Dogs, like most mammals, have tear ducts. But there hasn’t been any evidence or sighting of them actually crying out tears when they’re sad.
If there’s one thing that we know about our dogs, it’s that they’re both adorable and happy. And if you’re happy, then you surely must feel sad, right? And if you’re sad, then surely you must cry too? But what about dogs? Do they cry too?
However, there are other ways in which dogs express their sadness. Dogs usually resort to vocally expressing their needs by whining, whimpering or howling.
How Do Dogs Cry?
While dogs don’t produce tears when crying, they have other ways to express their sadness. This begins by whimpering and whining. It’s not uncommon for a dog to whimper. If your dog is whimpering, then she is either feeling excited or needy.
Dogs also vocalize their sadness by howling. If you hear a dog howling alone in the distance, then this could be a signal of distress. The dog could be physically injured or experiencing emotional agony.
Sometimes a dog will let out a howl if you’re gone from home for too long. If you leave a camera or wait around the corner of your apartment for a while, you might find your dog beginning to howl.
Do Dogs Cry Like Humans Do?
Humans can cry for various of reasons. We have happy tears, we have cranky tears, we have angry tears. We cry because we’re upset, annoyed, frustrated, depressed. However, when dogs cry, it’s not exactly the same way humans cry.
Dogs usually express their cries by whimpering. By whimpering, they are signifying to you that they feel distressed, or that they’re in pain. Some dogs will not be able to express their sadness, though, and will appear indifferent on unresponsive. This
Why is My Dog Crying?
Often times, if you’re a dog owner, you’ll find that your dog begins to whimper just about as you’re about to go out.
Whimpering is an instinct that dogs have when they’re feeling or needy. Notice it if you take your dog’s toy away from them, or if they’re hungry or thirsty. Your dog might start to whimper.
Other times, dogs whimper because they’re feeling pain. This could mean physical pain, so you’ll need to rule out any injury that your dog might have. They might also have a disease that you’re not aware of, like a urinary infection.
If your dog’s whimpering persists, then visit a vet to see whether there’s anything wrong with your dog.
Dogs also whimper when they’re feeling guilty. Perhaps your puppers peed on the carpet, or he made a mess of the garbage while you were gone. Now you’re angry, and your dog feels sad that he didn’t behave. Your dog might whimper and bow down submissively as a means of apologizing to you. If your dog does this, then you can accept their apology by acknowledging them quietly, then simply walking away.
Barking is not uncommon if your dog is upset either. Dogs cry by barking or howling when they’re feeling pain, or threat. So be wary of any unusual sounds or cries that your dog makes.
Why are there Tears in My Dog’s Eyes?
If there are tears in your dog’s eyes, then no, that doesn’t mean he’s crying. This might mean that your dog has a cold, an allergy, or an infection. Perhaps there’s pollen in the air, or other thins like dust, food ingredients or smoke that are causing your dog’s eyes to water.
If you notice that the tears are creating a yellowy ooze, then you might need to check with your vet for an infection.
Some dogs’ tear ducts are more prone to watering than other dogs, depending on the breed and age of your dog. Light- or white-coated dogs usually develop tear stains on their coats. And the more your dog ages, the more that these tear stains develop.
Tears in dogs are there to clear out and protect the eyes and help in keeping their eyes moist.
I Yelled at My Dog and Now He’s Sad
Let’s say your dog misbehaved, and you lashed out your dog. You might have screamed NO! or yelled his name aggressively. Now your dog understands that something is wrong. Try not to resort to hugging him instantly, even if he gives you the puppy eyes. This will send the wrong signals, and your dog will not understand if he’s being punished or not. Wait a while before petting your dog.
Does My Dog Know I’m Crying?
Sometimes, if you’re crying at home, you’ll find your dog coming up to you and perhaps snuggling next to you. Dogs are empathic creatures, and the atmosphere around them will resonate their nature. Studies have shown that dogs usually approach crying people, rather than non-crying people.
Dogs have empathic responses in their brains, allowing them to feel what you’re going through. If you’re happy, your emotions will resonate in your dog. Likewise, if you’re sad, or crying.
Why Does My Dog Look So Sad?
While dogs are never caught crying, the emotions of sadness can definitely show on their faces when sad.
Dogs can experience separation anxiety if their best friends are gone for too long. Separation anxiety is a critical condition that can have your dog crying all day long. And you don’t want that.
There are specialized dog trainers that can help your dog improve his behavior. They will help treat your dog’s separation anxiety, which happens when they’re left alone.
There are certain number of reasons for separation anxiety. Perhaps your dog experienced a loss recently, or somebody dear has moved out from your home or far from the city. While dogs can take some time to get over a loss, most dogs can get back to their happy state with enough love and attention.
Your dog will look sad if they are feeling hungry or cold. Make sure you keep them warm and that their nutritional needs are met. Dogs can also appear sad if they’re down with the cold. The common cold is no fun.
How Can I Cheer My Dog Up?
Dogs are naturally happy creatures. They were trained and bred to be that way, to be a best man’s companion. The best way to make sure your dog stays happy is by getting regular exercise and enough times outdoors. Getting sun and fresh air is a great way to naturally boost your dog’s serotonin levels and get them all cheered up.
Never get bored of giving your dog love and attention. Pet them frequently, give them treats, play games with them, and treat them with yummy doggy snacks. With enough attention, you’ll find that your dog will rarely be looking sad.
Teaching your dog tricks is also a neat and fun way to get your dog to cheer up. Not only will it get you social points but will also give you and your dog a new way to bond. Your dog will also be getting more doggy treats out of it, while stimulating her brain to learn new tricks.
Some dogs have had traumatizing pasts, leaving them with post traumatic stress disorder. They might act strange or be fearful of strangers.
A dog’s memory is different to a human’s memory, though, and you can train your dog to reset their memory to happier days. Establish a routine for your dog and make sure they get the adequate amount of exercise for them to get over their traumatic disorders.
If despite all efforts your dog still appears to be sad all the time, then you should contact your vet for further consultation. They can perform a checkup to see if your dog is perhaps feeling down due to pain or ailment.
Dogs Will Look Sadder the Sicker They Are
You will get used to your pupper’s cheerful attitude and heartwarming presence, from his youth all the way to his adult years. The older your dog will grow, the more faint will that smile too. As dogs age, they begin to experience more physical pain. If you want to make that pain minimal, make sure they’re getting the necessary nutrition to keep their bones healthy. Never skip a day of hydration and get regular time spent outdoors.
We all have our ups and downs, dogs included. If your dog is feeling sad, you don’t need to panic right away. This might make your dog more anxious and cause them to retreat and behave more withdrawn.
Give your dog the space they need to recover, but don’t neglect them. If their negativity persists, then you should definitely visit a vet to rule out any sickness or psychological stress.
Crying is inevitable, and it’s natural for your dog to cry. But the last thing you want to see is a sad look on your dog’s face. Make sure to spend enough time with your doggo and shower them with love. If you play with them frequently, you’ll find that your dog will rarely ever look sad.
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