Dogs are generally good-natured, upbeat and happy companions for many of us. But how do we know if our fur babies are truly happy?
We often think of emotions as only belonging to humans, due to our place at the top of the animal kingdom. But have you ever considered animals and emotions? Dogs (and a host of other animals) can experience emotions similar to ours. Emotions such as happiness, love, sadness, grief are also experienced by other animals, including our canine friends.
Canine Body Language
Dogs aren’t able to tell us how they’re feeling at any one moment; instead they speak with body language. For instance, what does your dog do when he’s happy you’ve returned home? He wiggles and squiggles, barks, and wags his tail—expressing joy in his entire body! This is an example of canine body language.
Just as dogs express happiness, they can express other emotions, too, such as sadness, confusion, etc.
If you love four-legged animals, then you know how hard it is to leave them behind when you’re heading out the door to go to work. They cry as you get in your vehicle and watch you drive away until they can’t see you anymore. The process itself is really heartbreaking not only for the animal but for the pet owner who sits at their desk all day thinking about their four-legged animal as well.
This could be why companies are now changing some of their policies. There is no denying that pets in the work environment are becoming a growing trend in today’s work industry. It hasn’t been widely accepted by everyone yet, though participating businesses will oftentimes invite and welcome employee’s pets for things like charity events and fundraisers to help support a cause.
In acknowledgment of this trend, and the fact that dog owners love spending time with their four-legged friend to improve their relationship, many supervisors of outdoor restaurants, coffee shops, hotels, and bars along with other venues, have started relaxing their policies regarding dogs entering their establishment.