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Have you ever looked at your pet thinking you want to say something to it, changing your mind and remaining silent, and having your pet look at you like it knew what you were going to say?

Asked by kritiper (19515points) March 14th, 2017

I was lounging with my German Shepherd once and he started licking the back of my hand. Finding a scaly growth on one knuckle, he took special interest in it, holding my hand steady with his paws and continuing his licking. Then he started biting at it, carefully, with his incisors, before licking more. I glanced over at him, thinking that he’d better be careful! And without missing a lick, he rolled his eyes at me as if to say, “I’m being careful, Master!”

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Cruiser's avatar

I have been studying my dog and she has very specific facial expressions I have come to learn the meaning of. She seems very amused when I do them back to her. Except she does not bring me dinner or even just a treat when I lick my lips at her.

Zaku's avatar

Yes. Animals are experts on reading their owners, whether you believe they are psychic or not.

If you’re interested in an open-minded scientists’ investigations into pet & animal amazing and mysterious (psychic or not) abilities, check out the book Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home .

Patty_Melt's avatar

They know more from a sigh, or what your eyelids are doing, than from your words.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Yes, bless her little soul she seems to pick up on anything either positive or negative and always has that knowing look. Those eyes seem to tear right through you.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Not to be a negative Nelly, but dogs are good at locating cancer. You may want to have the growth looked at by a Dr. Believe it or not, that is how many people have found out they have skin cancer. By their dog chewing on a wart or something.

To the q. Yes. Dogs become more in tune with you the longer you live together.Some dogs I’ve had could pretty much read my mind.

kritiper's avatar

@MrGrimm888 Good point and worth remembering. Thanks!
The wart, or whatever it was (I think it was a wart colony!) is gone now. I burned it off years ago. But all the chewing felt good and the dog spit didn’t hurt…

ragingloli's avatar

“Keep thrusting.”

MrGrimm888's avatar

@kritiper . Cool. Glad it was nothing. Yeah. I had a cat that would clean my head when I was sleeping. I don’t know if it felt good, but it was nice to know he cared enough to groom me. I keep a close shaved/clipped head. He would lick it when it got past a centimeter. Unfortunately, he vomited a lot (bug eater). I tried not to think about that as he liked away at my head…

Got to love our pets!

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