25 Hilarious Dog Thoughts That All Dog Owners Can Relate To

Dogs are just the best. They make excellent friends who are always there for you and always in a good mood. Not even my mom pees with excitement when she sees me. Clearly, no one loves me as much as my dog.

Dogs are full of emotion and scientists have found they are also full of thoughts. @dogfeelings is using Twitter to tell the world all about the doggo feels – and it’s so relatable to anyone who has ever owned or loved a dog.

The hilarious and adorable project is all about helping us to see the world as our favorite four-legged friends do.  Check out some of our favorite posts below!

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According to Dr. Jill Sackman, senior medical director at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Michigan, dogs are constantly thinking about things. “They probably have the level of cognition of a 3 to 5-year-old human,” she said.

By that age human toddlers have begun to understand the world around them. In other words, dogs have a lot going on in their busy little minds.

Scientists have been busy studying dog brains to learn more about what they think and why – and they’ve learned so much interesting stuff in the process.

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While imaging a dog’s brain, scientists would have the dog smell the aroma of their owner. Turns out, the very scent of you actually makes your dog happy and lights up the “reward center” of the brain.

 

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Your dog knows how you’re feeling. Their brains are so tuned in that they can detect emotion in your voice.

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Dr. Gregory Berns, a neuroscientist at Emory University, conducted a study to uncover if dogs preferred food or praise more. While measuring their brain activity, dogs were offered a hot dog on one occasion and praise on another.

Dr. Berns’ team then measured the response to both, and they found that twenty percent of dogs actually responded more positively to the praise than the food.

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In another study, Dr. Berns and his team worked to uncover how well dogs can remember faces and objects. They discovered that dogs’ brains naturally process faces. So not only do they know how you smell, they also know how you look.

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Researchers are positive that dogs feel a wide range of emotions like joy, pain, fear, excitement, love, anger, and contentment. Yet, more complex emotions like guilt, shame and pride may not be on their radar.

What about that guilty face we’ve all seen our dogs make before? Scientists say that look of “guilt” is more than likely just the face your dog makes when they fear punishment.

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One study placed two dogs in different cages side-by-side, giving one dog the ability to dispense food in the other dog’s cage. If the two dogs knew one another, they were far more likely to give their pal a treat than if the dogs didn’t know each other at all.

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Dogs are just like us when it comes to willpower. They definitely have willpower, but only so much of it.

Scientists took two groups of dogs, letting one group do whatever they wanted for 10 minutes while the other group was made to sit and stay.

Next, they asked the dogs to complete a puzzle game. The dogs who had been forced to exercise their willpower and sit for 10 minutes were less successful at focusing on the puzzle because their willpower had already been taxed.

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Dogs have dreams just like us! In fact, dogs share similar sleep patterns to humans.

Some studies have found that smaller dog breeds tend to dream more often than larger dog breeds.

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Your dog is not deaf to the power of his or her bark. In fact, just as a baby understands the power of crying, your dog understands the power of barking and is trying to elicit a reaction.

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A wagging tail is a sign of a happy dog, but tail movement can signal other things as well.

A tail wagging to the right is a sign of a happy dog, but a tail wagging to the left tends to indicate fear.

Low tail wags signal nervousness, and rapid tail wags paired with tense muscles can show aggression.

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Dogs aren’t vengeful; they really are sweet innocent creatures. It might seem like your dog is trying to get back at you for being gone all day when they poo on your fave carpet, but they aren’t.

Researchers believe dogs don’t act out of vengeance, instead something else caused them to release their bowels on your favorite rug – like nerves, or just the need to go really, really bad.

While dogs can act in immediate retaliation, for instance if they are attacked, they don’t show the ability to purposely plan out and perform acts of vengeance.

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