Why does my dog cry when I put clothes on him? Here’s What to Expect

Do dogs get embarrassed when you laugh at them?

Dogs are very sensitive to the tone of your voice and so they will soon know if you are laughing at them. They will sense if this is an enjoyable moment. … Dogs show you they are enjoying your laughter with sparkling eyes, a toothy, broad mouth and even a funny, panting noise.

Why does my dog stare at me?

Just as humans stare into the eyes of someone they adore, dogs will stare at their owners to express affection. In fact, mutual staring between humans and dogs releases oxytocin, known as the love hormone. This chemical plays an important role in bonding and boosts feelings of love and trust.

“It’s pretty cold here in Vegas this morning, and Salem keeps staring at me, which means he probably is cold and wants his sweater on,” the owner explained.

“This is how I look with my head poking out of the blanket,” another wrote.

Salem is a Doberman mix. He and his sibling, a golden retriever named Sirius, have 1.8 million followers on TikTok. When humans try to dress up their dogs, the canines will often put up a fight or reluctantly tolerate the clothing. But Salem is different. The critter practically begs for his favorite pajamas whenever the weather gets too cold.

“When Salem gets cold, he sits and cries until I put one on him,” she said. “I’ve been hanging them up on the dog kennel, and he’s started bringing them to me.”

When the owner instructed Salem to “get it,” the dog instantly knew what she was talking about. He went and grabbed his plaid sweater and brought it back to her. After the dog got on his pajamas, which had a turtleneck long enough to cover his ears, he looked snug as a bug.

14 Signs Your Dog Doesn’t Love You (Even if You Think They Do)

If youve ever looked into your dogs eyes while theyre being reprimanded, after theyve stepped on a sharp thorn or as they watch you leave for the day, then you dont have to be an expert on dog behavior to know that dogs can certainly feel sad—and show it. A new study even suggests that dogs can shed happy tears when reunited with their owner. But … do dogs cry?

Your sweet pooch could suffer from dog depression or dog anxiety, and they certainly make noises that sound a lot like crying to us, particularly if were trying to train them not to sleep on our bed at night. We just had to find out if those heartbreaking puppy sounds mean that dogs can cry like humans, so we asked the experts.

Dogs experience a range of emotions including happiness, frustration, love, boredom, joy, grief, loyalty and, yes, sadness, says Linda Simon, a licensed veterinarian and veterinary consultant for ThePets. “And they have ways of expressing each of those feelings,” she adds. However, crying probably isnt one of those expressions of sadness.

The bottom line is that dogs do not express sadness the same way we do. “People love to humanize our four-legged friends, but while it is fun to assume dogs think the way we do, thats just not the case,” says veteran dog trainer and behaviorist Jen Jones, founder of Your Dog Advisor. “Dogs are less complicated than humans are, particularly when it comes to their emotions.” If you think youre overthinking your dogs feelings, know that this is what your dog is actually thinking about. [rd-video id=”1362533″ type_of_player=”jw” /]

Dogs feel sad for many of the same reasons we do, like pain, loneliness, loss and grief, says Dr. Simon. While most doggy sadness is brief, sometimes they can experience very deep and long-lasting sadness. For instance, there have been verified accounts of bereaved dogs who have waited loyally by gravesites day in and day out, longing for their deceased owners to return. Remember, there are lots of ways pets say, “I love you.”

Those arent the only reasons, though. Another potential source of sadness is your dogs compassion for you. When their human is sad, a dog will often express sadness as well, even if they dont understand why you are upset, Jones says.

Dogs are more emotionally intelligent than we give them credit for, particularly when it comes to reading the feelings of their people—which is just one of the things your dog knows about you. “They are incredibly cued into our feelings, emotions, facial expressions and even our health,” Jones says. “So, while dogs cant express sadness or think about it in the same complex way humans do, they certainly do understand and feel much more than we might realize.”

Dogs can cry in one of two ways: vocally, in a way that tugs at our heartstrings, and with tears. When it comes to those sad-sounding noises, your pooch is most likely trying to express excitement, frustration, anxiety or pain. They could also be seeking attention, looking for a treat or they might need to be let out to do their business. If your dog cries at night and you dont let them sleep in your room, theyre probably hoping to be let in to sleep with you. It could also be one of these things your dog wishes you knew.

However, Dr. Simon notes that humans appear to be the only animals that cry tears of emotion, so if you see your pups eyes getting watery, those tears most likely arent indicative of their feelings. But what do those dog tears mean?

Similar to humans, dogs eyes produce tears to keep them clean, protected and lubricated. However, canine tear ducts are structured differently, funneling the liquid back into their body, rather than spilling it out over their cheeks. So if you see your dog “crying” tears, a call to the vet might be in order. According to Dr. Simon, this can signal a blocked tear duct, allergies, something in their eye, an infection or an injury to the eye. Watch out for signs your dog is actually sick.

Dogs can cry like humans, but it doesnt mean exactly the same thing as when we cry from our emotions. However, when it comes to communicating sadness, dogs have their own distinctive ways, Jones says. When dogs cry, heres what it could mean.

Whimpering or whining. This is one of the first ways that dogs learn to communicate, as puppies instinctually use this noise to “cry out” for their mother. As adult animals, they may continue to use whimpering to communicate with you, particularly if you are responsive to it.

Shaking or trembling. Some dogs will shake or tremble when they are upset, particularly as a response to being reprimanded or to something that scares them, Dr. Simon says.

Hiding. Some dogs, especially those that are sensitive, may hide away in their “safe place,” like in a crate or under a bed, when they are sad, Dr. Simon says. You might also notice this behavior if you have an anxious pet. If thats the case, there are products that could help your dogs anxiety.

Asking for extra snuggles. Many dogs will seek human comfort when they are sad; this is often the case if their sadness is related to pain, illness, loneliness or boredom. If your dog is acting particularly needy, he may be feeling down.

Ignoring you. Refusing to make eye contact with you, not listening to commands, turning his back to you or going into another room are ways that less sensitive dogs may show they are sad or upset with you, Dr. Simon says.

Unique cues. Since humans and their pups often have a special bond, some behavior will be unique to them, Jones says. This means you are the one most likely to understand when your dog is sad, and why. For instance, your dog may bring you a comfort object like his blanket, make a unique noise or do a particular gesture with his paw. The important thing isnt how hes showing his sadness but rather that you understand it—and give him extra love. Getting to know your dogs communication style is one of the habits of great dog owners.