I think everyone agrees that dogs are very intuitive and emotional creatures. They know when their humans are sick, sad, happy, stressed, etc. There are dogs that can detect low blood sugar in diabetics and sense oncoming seizures in epileptic patients. Studies show that dogs can even detect cancer as well.
Dogs are amazing animals that have spend thousands of years living by
our side and they have learned a few things about us too. Probably more
than we know about them. They detect subtle scent changes in us as our
hormones and body chemistry changes and everything you do changes these
chemicals whether it's a calming release of serotonin or a quick surge
of adrenaline. The reality is your dog does have a sixth sense about
But how often do people look at that in terms of their dogs care and
daily routine? Do you take time out just to appreciate your dog and be
fully engaged with them each day? Or are you 'multi tasking' all the
If you are always 'multi tasking' then your dog is never getting you
fully and I believe they know this instinctively. We all have times
when we toss a ball while watching tv or working around the house. I
always have a dog in my lap when on the computer.. usually Susu. However its important to give each dog one on one 'mindful' time too.
I find that my dogs are calmer and more satisfied - less pestering if I
take the time to just fully engage with them. Then they get what they
need and move on rather than continuing to bring me the ball hour after
hour in mindless tossing and fetching.
I also find it really benefits me and my relationship with my dogs. I
just pet them in a more mindful state. I like to just close my eyes and
think about my dog.. what is special about them.. how much I love
them.. appreciate the silky feel of their fur.. listen to them breathe..
and sigh.. I do this with each of mine daily for at least a few
minutes each time I hold them and I do believe they understand those
feelings of love and appreciation. Often even my high energy Ginger
will close her eyes and rest her chin on my chest during this time.
I also do this when my dogs are stressed to calm them. I will get close
to them and think about how safe they are and how much I love them and
how I am protective of them. This really does a lot for my boy who is
the nervous type.
I just feel that if our beloved dogs know when we are sad, sick, happy,
etc they must just as easily know if we are distracted, tired, annoyed
or loving, appreciating, and enjoying them for what and who they are.
And I dont know if a dog could be a mind reader but they do know our
emotions and I believe that dogs do understand and respond to their
owners energy. And using that mindset, I like to 'send' energy to my
dogs as needed. Maybe its calming, or reassuring, or just plain love. I
spend a lot of time expecting my dogs to respond to my language so
maybe this is a way to talk to them in their language. Body language
and energy. Quirky yes, but a very enjoyable close time for me and my
Dogs are special. Take a few quiet minutes and just project that energy
out to them of how loved and special they truly are to you. I for one
really believe thats the language they understand from us the most.
Chihuahuas are wonderfully spirited little dogs full of love and energy! Anyone who knows them can tell you how lively their personalities are. I have 5 chihuahuas, 3 of which are puppies. Susu, Ginger, Cori, Fen, & Cinna. I'll be sharing my thoughts here on everything from health issues, to food, to fashion and fun for the small dog.
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-- Michelle K.
While the main dog here is the Chihuahua, I believe the information here is valuable and entertaining to any small dog owner.