Do dogs have feelings? A lot of us recognize the most popular feeling they display; tail wagging, depicting happiness. When a dog owner returns home, the dog can be seen wagging his tail and even jumping all over them. Other times, when taken for a ride in the car, with the windows open, they express joy by bringing out their tongues to take in air. When their owner plays with them, they also display happiness as the respond.
We often wonder if they feel deeper emotions, and some scholars argue that dogs do not have the mental capacity to feel anything other than happiness. However, a majority of the research was conducted by the clergy, so their argument was based on the soul.
Some other studies show that these creatures can feel certain emotions, but they cannot exceed those felt by an average two and a half-year-old child. A normal two-year-old child cannot feel contempt or shame; they develop those feelings as they become older. This indicates that a dog can have basic emotions such as fear, joy, anger, disgust and even love.
However, a dog may not be able to express feelings that are complex such as pride, disgust and shame. Most times, their fear is mistaken for shame. For instance, when a dog poops in the wrong part of the house, it may hide or quiver when its owner discovers. However, this reaction is not shame, but fear of punishment from its owner.
However, this clip brings new evidence to rebut the findings of scientists. The dog displayed something deeper than the basic emotion of love; he displayed compassion, consideration, and support for his partner. These emotions are complex and are rarely expressed by animals. The average male animal takes no part in taking care of the offspring, let alone soothing his partner after birth. So they can feel even deeper than we thought.
The dog understood every single event and stayed by his partner’s side even after a difficult labour. He supported her head while he licked her face gently. The new mother lay lifeless and must have had a very hard time pushing. She seemed to be enjoying the care and affection as she lay still and fed her puppies. The new father, on the other hand, looked ready for his new role.
What do you think?