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What goes through a dog’s mind? Much like a human toddler, a dog has the basic emotions: joy, fear, anger, disgust, excitement, contentment, distress, and even love. A dog does not have, and will not develop, more complex emotions, like guilt, pride, contempt, and shame, however. You might argue that your dog has shown evidence of feeling guilt.
Do dogs think about anything? Looking at dogs’ minds, so far, has revealed quite a few insights. The Canine Cognition Center at Yale University, using a game where humans offer dogs pointing and looking cues to spot where treats are hidden, showed that dogs can follow our thinking even without verbal commands.
What do dogs think owners are? “Dogs think of humans as their parents, just like a kid who is adopted does. Whilst they might understand and remember they have a biological mother, and possibly even remember the trauma of the separation, they will grow to think of us mom, dad, and parents.
Do dogs think we are dogs? Well, let’s not leave you hanging, here. The short answer to “do dogs think humans are dogs?” is no. Sometimes, they’d probably like us to roll in the mud with them and get as excited about the dog park. Beyond that, they probably don’t think of us as tall hairless doggos with a source of dog treats.