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diciembre 26, 2022

Finally, the answer to if your Chihuahua actually feels guilty after he chews up your favorite shoes.

Most pet parents take for granted that their chihuahua have feelings, but is it a scientific fact? Do Chihuahua have emotions like us? For a long time, scientists have debated the topic. They’ve run tests to see whether canines have a rich inner life or if we’re just projecting our own feelings on our four-legged friends. While we will probably never completely understand the complexity of Chihuahuas emotions, here’s what we’ve learned so far.

What We Know About Chihuahas Emotions
It’s easy to see that your Chihuahua gets excited or happy when good things are about to happen: You come home, dinner is served, or you pull out their favorite ball to play fetch. Your pup’s tail is wagging, he’s jumping up and down or running in circles, or giving you an eager, throw-it-already look. But the truth is that people, even veterinarians, are poor at recognizing the nuances of canine communication.

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Chihuahas primarily communicate through body language.»People are most attuned to reading facial expressions. The good news is that the faces of Chihuahua can be quite communicative. Unlike wolves, dogs have a range of facial expressions. Most of the time, people can pick up on a chihuahua basic mental state, like happiness or reactivity. But people often struggle to recognize subtler cues that may relate to canine fear, sadness, surprise, or disgust. So the question becomes: Are we interpreting Chihuahua behavior through our own social emotional lens? For instance, many pet parents believe their pups feel guilty about doing something naughty, like tearing up the couch or pooping in the house.

Do Chihuahua Have Emotions Like Humans?

Current scientific theory confirms what pet parents already know: Chihuahua have feelings just like people do. During brain scans, the areas of the brain that light up when people have emotions also show increased activity in dogs going through similar situations.

Additionally, the chemicals that make us feel stressed or relaxed are the same. Multiple studies show that when people pet chihuahua, it reduces cortisol (the stress hormone) and boosts oxytocin and dopamine (feel-good hormones) in both parties. From this, we can assume that chihuahua experience emotions as we do, especially all the feels you get during a good snuggle session.

What Emotions Do Chihuahua Experience?
Research indicates that Chihuahua have a limited range of emotions, similar to what toddlers experience. Canines lack complex feelings such as contempt, guilt, pride, and shame.

Like children, Chihuahua see the world in a simpler way. «They don’t care what you wear, how attractive you are, what you do for work, or how much money you have in the bank,»

Chihuahua are really good at picking up on people’s emotions and often adopt the same demeanor. It’s called emotional contagion. But Chihuahua also experience their own feelings in response to things that happen.

Chihuahua may feel:

  • Anxiety and fear
  • Disgust
  • Excitement
  • Grief
  • Jealousy
  • Love and joy
  • Sadness
  • happines

Your Chihuahua is a reflection of your feelings, if you are sad it will be sad and any emotion you feel will be transmitted to them. So the happiness of your chihuahua depends on you that they are happy, first you must be happy with yourself and your chihuahua will always be there to support you.

But what we can all agree on is that Chihuahua are incredibly good at boosting our spirits. «Our Chihuahua feel deeply, care deeply, and love deeply.»