It is usually pretty easy for people to spot emotions in dogs, like happiness when you come home, or sadness when they go to the vet. So are they actually feeling those emotions like we do?
The answer is yes! Dogs experience basic emotions such as sadness and happiness, but their emotions are not as complicated as ours. Dogs emotions are not connected to complex thoughts, meaning they show us their true emotions at all times.
So dogs do feel basic human emotions. But how do they differ from the emotions that we experience?
One of the main differences between human and dog emotions is that dogs do not feel guilt. For instance if they have an accident and you scold them, a look of guilt is actually their way of protecting themselves from your reaction. Essentially, they do not understand the concepts of “right” and “wrong.”