yes i can figure out when someone is scared sometimes not always but sometimes but my dog does snot single those people out ever, even if they ran from her crying. But you can see when their hands shake around her.
oh yeah. Roxy watches how I react to almost every new situation and she reads that and behaves accordingly.
I LOVE storms...I seriously love them...so the first time it stormed she waited to see how I reacted to all the noise and now she's out on the deck watching them with me when they roll in.
She will bark when somebody comes to the door but then sits and waits to see how I react..if I'm ok..she's ok.
I believe they are in tune with some of our emotions. Especially right now. My 16 week pup knows I feel terrible right now because I'm sick. So she came over to me first thing in the morning and licked my face and laid down in my lap and hasn't moved in 30 minutes and she never does this.
Oh yes, I have no doubt, my dog is very aware of exactly what I feel. Dogs communicate with body language, they are very good at it. Dogs will understand by seeing another dogs body language whether the dog is friendly, scared, or aggressive. Since they are so good at communicating this way, they will communicate with people, as well. You may not even notice the subtle signal you are giving off, but your dog likely will, a raised eyebrow, a slight grimace, they see it all. I do believe they smell hormones given off as well, adrenaline ect. It is likely a combination of things, they are experts at communicating, now you may want to learn to 'speak dog'. There are some excellent books on the subject.
and contrary to belief..cats are also in tune. Our senior cat is a nurse. She knows when somebody doesn't feel good and she will lay right beside them when they are sick. She is not a "touchy feely" kind of cat so when she comes out to lay with you..you are sick..and you may not even know it yet.
another cat we have is just a comforter...she's the cat who knows when you need to talk and will come and lay down and give you the look like "spill your guts..I'll listen"
I think animals are in tune with human emotions more than most humans are with another human.
Because dogs and cats are intelligent. Actually, all animals, including us, the humans, share many things. A sound of distress, for instance, whether it was produced by a human, a bird, by a horse, by a cat or a dog would be adequately recognized. Our dogs and cats can compare their kind with ours, find similarity and draw conclusions. Mainly it happens through body language. When person is sick he doesn't move much, his facial muscles are contracted and tense, he sighs and groans. So does the dog when he is ill. When we feel nervous, we walk backwards and forwards doing senseless movements, our vocal signals are abrupt and high pitched, our eyes are wide open and the friequent change in our facial expressions make our face very alive. So is the dog's, when he is worried. But, dogs and cats are more sophisticated creatures than just being able of reading us and drawing a parallel between themselves and us. They are able to grasp the reason for us to be upset, happy, or nervous if they have enough of material to draw such a conclusion. A divorse situation, for instance, when the dogs take parts.
Dogs read people better than people read dogs,(unless you are really experienced trainer), they read your movements, posture, voice, inflection of voice, mannerisms, and emotions. I tell that to all recipients of private lessons from me. So yes your dog can read how you feel.
I think the dog just reads the persons body language. If people are fearful they will walk a different way than if they are confident. How they speak to everybody how they hold their chin etc will be different. Dogs perception is more tuned in to movement and body language than we humans are.
I just see cliffsons post and agree with that for sure.
Yes they can and they do. For instance, when I'm working with Midnite and he is reactive, his reaction depends on me..if I am nervous and tighten that leash he knows it, but if its loose he thinks everything is fine.