Do Animals have Emotions?

I think it interesting, and a little bit funny, that some people still wonder if animals have rich emotional lives. I read an article in The Bark magazine yesterday about it. Fortunately, it’s a progressive magazine and they understand animal emotions, and so did the article (I don’t remember who wrote it).

Living with dogs, very closely, emotions in them are obvious. They feel love, anger, frustration, joy, happiness, curiosity, and the whole range of emotions. They don’t react the same as humans do to different things, and they think differently, but they still feel emotions.

The world is starting to realize this. Those of us who have lived closely with animals already know it, and don’t need any scientific studies to prove it. Though maybe for the rest of the world to reach the point we are, some good studies would be a good thing.

It is my belief that emotions evolved in all animals, human and non, as survival techniques. We love our young so that we protect them and they live and continue the species. We feel fear when we are threatened so that we will run from a threat, or fight it, to survive. We feel anger when our rights are compromised. Dogs, just as humans, have very rich cultural interactions, too, and their societies have evolved emotions to deal with these.

So it surprises me when people wonder if animals have emotions. Of course they do. Human animals, and non-human animals. We all feel things very intensely. And so, we all need love. Dogs are pack animals. They need a family, just as humans do. That’s why we live together so well. I feel bad for the dogs that are stuck outside their whole lives with nothing to do. They get bored, they find things to do, then they get in trouble for it.

Dogs should be inside, part of the pack-family. Well socialized and given lots of fun things to do, and have lots of good interactions. We are all living beings, not so different from each other. We all deserve good lives.

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10 thoughts on “Do Animals have Emotions?”

  1. You are so right. I’ve said the same thing for years. I live with 2 dogs and 2 birds. If you think birds don’t have emotions you’ve never seen one that’s pissed off 🙂 When my 3rd dog was put down (exactly 1 year ago) I could tell it affected the other 2. For a week or so they would not lay on her bed, it was really weird. They kept going over to her spot and sniffing, like they were looking for her.

    I believe that like children most problems with animals can be cured if they are given enough love and understanding. There is no such thing as a bad animal, only a misunderstood one because they don’t handle their emotions like we do. People will do things just to be mean/nice/friendly/whatever. When an animal does something there is a definite reason behind it. We have to put ourselves away long enough to figure out what that reason is.

    Okay, I’ll stop. Obviously a topic I feel strongly about 🙂

  2. You are so right. I've said the same thing for years. I live with 2 dogs and 2 birds. If you think birds don't have emotions you've never seen one that's pissed off 🙂 When my 3rd dog was put down (exactly 1 year ago) I could tell it affected the other 2. For a week or so they would not lay on her bed, it was really weird. They kept going over to her spot and sniffing, like they were looking for her. I believe that like children most problems with animals can be cured if they are given enough love and understanding. There is no such thing as a bad animal, only a misunderstood one because they don't handle their emotions like we do. People will do things just to be mean/nice/friendly/whatever. When an animal does something there is a definite reason behind it. We have to put ourselves away long enough to figure out what that reason is. Okay, I'll stop. Obviously a topic I feel strongly about 🙂

  3. Although I am not an animal person, I have to agree it’s crazy to think they dont have emotions. And isn’t it sad when you see people neglect their animals?

    nic article, dugg it. 🙂

  4. Although I am not an animal person, I have to agree it's crazy to think they dont have emotions. And isn't it sad when you see people neglect their animals? nic article, dugg it. 🙂

  5. I’m always amazed when some behavioral scientists come out with a study that states that “contrary to popular thought, dogs do have emotions.”

    Well, duh, anyone who lives with animals knows THAT without a study. We see it every day. They have lived with us for thousands of years and of course they are going to develop the same emotions we have.

  6. I'm always amazed when some behavioral scientists come out with a study that states that "contrary to popular thought, dogs do have emotions." Well, duh, anyone who lives with animals knows THAT without a study. We see it every day. They have lived with us for thousands of years and of course they are going to develop the same emotions we have.

  7. Of course they do have emotions. For instance, dogs, they almost have a smile in their faces when they are happy to see us. And, when they give us that sad face… it hurts.

  8. Of course they do have emotions. For instance, dogs, they almost have a smile in their faces when they are happy to see us. And, when they give us that sad face… it hurts.

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  10. I can tell you I have plenty of emotions… I am a gay dog and am happy being so. Luckily I was able to connect with others like me. I’ve made many friends bot humans and pets and it’s great to know there are others like me.

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