There have been numerous studies and many academic pages that explore the emotional spectrum that dogs experience to find out just how similar their emotions are to our own. Not too unsurprisingly, dog’s emotions are very similar to our own.

It is widely considered that dogs are capable of feeling many basic emotions that humans develop between being born and reaching about two and half years of age. Some of these emotions include affection, shyness, joy, anger, fear, distress and excitement. However, more complex emotions are not developed. These emotions can include guilt, pride and shame.

Some will swear that they have seen their dog experience guilt after getting caught walking on the bed or tearing up toilet paper. However, this is not technically guilt, but rather a mild form of fear in that they know that from their actions, a form of punishment may take place. Whether you give your dog the silent treatment or refuse a treat, they will learn of their punishment and brace themselves when getting caught doing something naughty.

Other studies have shown that dogs are able to identify the emotions that humans are experiencing. They can recognise when a human is happy, angry or sad and adjust their behaviour to match. Have you ever been feeling sick in bed and your furry friend just lies next to you? As they are able to detect recognisable emotions, they adapt their own to comfort or celebrate with you. They truly are a human’s best friend!

Dogs have even been seen to yawn after their owners have, showing that yawns are contagious even across species. The same also applies with happiness and smiling. When your canine companion sees you smiling and joyous, they will be too! So jump around and smile to keep your dog as happy as you!

Given the subjectivity of the emotions that dogs can experience, with some claiming wider or more restricted capacity of their emotional spectrum, it able be hard to work out exactly how your dog is feeling. Body language can only go so far and so TailTale’s array of features of emotion identification; from heart rate and body temperature monitoring, to daily routine habit viewing can help owners to understand their best friends with increased accuracy and our social ‘petwork’ will give the greatest understanding across a community of dogs.