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Why Does My Dog Stare At Me? Meaning and Communication

There are many dogs that have the habit of fixing their gaze on you. Why do dogs stare intently? What are they trying to tell us? Does this penetrating gaze mean something?

Why does my dog stare at me?

You're going about your business, and... Do you notice a pair of eyes watching you? You lift your gaze and see your little friend observing you without blinking or moving. But they're looking at you attentively. Does this scene sound familiar?

When dogs stare at us, it's because they want something! However, these are the main reasons why they fix their gaze on us:
  • They want to go for a walk.
  • They would like to eat or be given treats.
  • They want to play.
  • They're asking for cuddles or affection.
  • They're looking at you because of your emotional state.
  • They're curious about what you're doing.

If you're training your dog, they might be staring at you because they're awaiting your commands.


Why Does My Dog Stare At Me

Your dog's gaze during training

It's worth clarifying that during your dog's training, it's very positive for them to look at you!

When you give a command to your little friend, you should establish eye contact! And you should only reward them when you make visual contact.

The exceptions that confirm the rule

If a dog you don't know starts staring at you, it's not the same case as when your pet looks at you! In that case, that dog might attack you! However, there are some signs that can alert you:
  • Forward-pointing ears.
  • Quick movements of the tail.
  • Growling.
  • Baring teeth.
  • Hair standing on end.

See also: Why Does My Dog Stare at Me When Pooping? 

What happens if a dog stares at you

If you stare at a dog, depending on their character and breed, they can interpret your gaze in different ways! The important thing is not to make sudden movements, and if you see adverse reactions, avert your gaze!

How to interpret a dog's gaze

Dogs are the animals that communicate the most and best with humans. However, if you want to interpret their gazes, there are some tips!
  • Dilated pupils: It can mean either they're excited or fearful.
  • Constricted pupils: Your pet is calm and relaxed.
  • Your dog averts their gaze or blinks: In that case, it signifies insecurity or discomfort. If you're in the midst of training, it's an attempt to avoid your commands.

If what's happening is that they don't want to obey your orders, remember that with love and affection, you'll be able to resolve that situation!