We know that dogs are capable of feeling sadness, grief, and a range of other emotions that may lead to tears. But are dogs capable of fake crying? Read on to find out!
Signs Your Dog is Faking It
Similarly to humans, our doggos have tear ducts in their eyes that help keep their eyes clear and functioning properly. However, unlike humans, dog tear ducts drain the liquid back towards the throat and nose area instead of spilling out and down their faces. So if your pooch looks like they are crying, there might be a problem and you should consider getting the eyes examined by a veterinarian.
It may also be difficult to tell if your dog is actually in pain and injured or is possibly just faking emotions. Dogs are smart cookies and they know how to fake injuries in order to gain sympathy. However, there are a few simple ways you can spot body language or behaviors that indicate your dog may be faking pain, and really just craving some lovin'.
One thing to consider is whether your pup is whining or crying for no apparent reason. If this behavior is followed by completely normal behavior soon thereafter, it is possible that your pooch is faking it.
- Averting eyes
- Crying that begins when you are near
- Being "on" when you are looking
- Crying for no real reason
- Sad eyes
- Mimicking other dog or human behavior
The History of Dogs Fake Crying
Your pup may not fully understand what he or she is doing, but they do know that when they fake "cry" or fake being injured, a good pet owner will run to their rescue.
Therefore, it is not too far-fetched for you to conclude your dog can fake cry in order to gain sympathy and a couple of extra treats.
The Science of Dogs Crying
There has been little to no research on why dogs fake pain or tears or how dogs can effectively use it to their advantage.
However, most of the time, a dog that is showing signs of illness, pain, or injury, is a dog that is experiencing real feelings and should be taken very seriously. Taking your pooch to the veterinarian is the best way to confirm that there are not any serious problems that are affecting your dog's pain and emotions.
If your dog is cleared by a professional, yet you continue to notice on-and-off symptoms that correlate with certain situations, you can eventually determine their behavior may not be genuine. Monitoring your pup closely is very important to understanding behaviors and whether a real problem needs to be addressed.
If you do, in fact, witness doggo tears, consider some of the possibilities that commonly cause tears in our furry friends:
- Allergies: allergies can easily cause a dog's eyes to water. Dogs can be allergic to everything from pollen, dander, and smoke, to food ingredients. If you are worried, bring your pup to a veterinarian for allergy testing.
- Blocked Tear Ducts: tears are also created when the tear ducts are blocked. If it goes untreated, your dog may develop skin irritation or have brown or reddish fur around their eyes. Seek veterinary attention when you first notice symptoms.
- Infection: if you notice teary eyes in addition to yellow, mucusy, or bloody liquids on the inside of your pup's ears, it may be a sign that your dog has an infection. Other signs of an infection can include swollen-ness around the eye area. Definitely take your dog to a veterinarian if these symptoms are apparent.
- Scratched Cornea: sometimes, tearful eyes may indicate a scratched cornea. Take your dog to the vet if you believe your pup has a scratched cornea.
- Debris: simply enough, there may just be some dirt caught in your pup's eye. If this is the case, the tears should stop soon. Make sure you keep an eye on your pup, however, to make sure a more serious problem is not the culprit.
Training Your Dog to Stop Faking It
First off, if your dog is faking these sorts of emotions, consider why. Does your pup actually get more attention when they act out? Do you give your other dogs, who might be actually suffering, extra attention? Dogs are smarter than we give them credit for.
The best way to stop fake behaviors is to simply ignore them. It may be hard, but a little bit of tough lovin' will retrain your pup to understand that they will not receive any additional affection for bad behaviors. Remember, this will take a bit of patience and some serious willpower, but breaking this bad cycle of behavior is the best way to encourage a healthy, loving relationship with your canine companion.
How to React to Your Dog Faking It:
When in doubt, take your pup to the vet to make sure there really is nothing wrong.
Do not punish your pup for fake crying.
Simply ignore the bad behavior.
Seek medical treatment if it looks like something serious.