Dog staring.

Feel like you’re being watched—like, really watched by your dog? He stares intently as you take a bite of your cheeseburger, or when you’re relaxing on the couch, or when, heaven forbid, you’re paying attention to another animal or human! Whatever the case, dogs are usually staring at us to communicate. 

At Long Animal Hospital, we love caring for those puppy dog eyes, and we’re here to help you understand why dogs stare.

He Really Digs People Watching

Dogs develop strong bonds with their humans, so it’s only natural that he likes to keep an eye on you. He may be watching you to see what you’re about to do, and if, by chance, it involves him! Are you walking toward the mudroom where you hang his leash? Are you opening the cabinet where you keep his treats? If you’ve taught him to respond to hand or voice commands, he may be attentively awaiting those too.

The Look of Love

A steady gaze, accompanied by a gentle squint and a relaxed posture is simply his way of signaling his affection. Return the gaze and feel the exchange of warmth. Having a source of unconditional love is one of the best perks of being a pet owner

He’s Trying to Tell You Something

Your dog may be yearning for a walk, a snack, or some TLC, and he’s making no bones about it. He will stare intently to get your attention, perhaps even adding a wistful glance toward the great outdoors for added drama. 

Something Isn’t Right

If there’s something “pleading” about the look in your dog’s eyes, he may be injured or feeling under the weather, especially if he seems less active than usual. Anytime you think something’s amiss with your dog’s health, contact us to schedule an examination.

It’s Time to Back Off

When dogs lock eyes with each other, it’s often to show aggression. And if he trains a steady, unblinking stare on a human, he’s warning that person to back off. What if my dog stares at me and growls, you might wonder. This can signal a serious behavioral problem, and you should contact your veterinarian.  

Vacant Stares

What does it mean when your dog stares into space? Dogs have keen senses, and he could be listening to something that you can’t hear. This could also mean he’s experiencing focal seizures or entering a stage of cognitive decline. If it starts happening a lot, it’s best to contact your veterinarian.

At Long Animal Hospital, we’re committed to providing your pets with exceptional care in every area, and we’re happy to help you de-code why your dog stares. Please contact us anytime if you have questions or to schedule an appointment.