Picture the scene – you’re staring out of your window at a world full of opportunity that has been sunny and bright all week, but now it’s bathed in dark clouds and rain. The temperature has dropped, and despite wanting to take your dog for a big hike all week, it appears the moment has passed. As you stare longingly into the wild world beyond, you sigh. And then your dog sighs too. Is your dog sighing for the same reason as you? Or is it something else? Let’s find out why dogs sigh.
A sigh of the times
While we tend to sigh out of exasperation or boredom, it appears as if a dog sighs as a way to indicate that a time, event, or occasion has come to a close, This isn’t a sad thing by any means – that event might have been a run in their favourite spot, or that occasion might have been having a lovely time gambolling with their friends in the park. What animal psychologists have been able to determine is that, often, a sigh from a dog actually shows contentment and happiness. It’s their way of saying “well, that was fun”.
If they’ve got their peepers closed as well, a sigh can also be a sign of great pleasure and happiness. Imagine you’ve had a great night out, had some nice food and drinks, seen all your friends and gotten home safely with a mind full of lovely memories. You lean back against the front door once you’re inside, close your eyes, and sigh a sigh of contentment -that’s what your dog is doing there.
So if you are staring out at a rainy sky with your plans of adventure dashed by the weather, as you and your dog sigh together, know that your dog is happy, because it gets to spend all day inside with their favourite human.
And if you want to make your dog even happier, pick out some delicious dog treats to brighten their world a little more.