Even though human to human communication still consists of mostly body language, we have replaced much of it with rules, cultural expressions, and verbal language. At the same time, our body language is getting more and more suppressed. Is it a good thing? Probably not when it comes to communicating with dogs. The result is that they read us with exceptional stripped down accuracy, whereas we add in a ton of other information that likely should be left out before concluding – often leaving them misunderstood.
Recently I read about a study saying that thousands of years of evolution have radically reshaped dog’s eyebrow anatomy, making their faces—and emotions—easily readable to people. Because wolves actually can’t make those puppy eyes that we love and connect to so much. How about that? I was in awe when learning about this; – as we humans moved further away from body language, replacing a large part if it with other ways to communicate, dogs answered by evolving their body language even further, and clearer, to make it easier for us to read them.
For me, this fact has been a great reminder and symbol of the length’s dogs will go to please and help us out. Sure, raising eyebrows is not a conscious thing that they do, but through time and generations, dog individuals have been trying so hard to mimic us and connect, that it resulted in genetic changes. What a beautiful thing!
Stay safe with your pups and take a breath to trust your intuition and help you really see what they are telling you. They sure deserved it 😊.