Dogs use their eyes to communicate just like we do!
Understanding how dogs communicate and how their eyes communicate can help you understand why your dog stares at you as you sleep.
Every day we see our dogs in a variety of situations and notice in their eyes how they are feeling.
Dogs communicate with their eyes in a variety of ways. For example, dogs use information from their senses such as sound, smell, and sight to create a picture of their new environment and what’s going on in it. They can then use this information to adjust their behavior to meet what’s expected of them.
Dogs may communicate how they feel through subtle expressions of the eyes, including widening the pupillary membrane; dilating the pupil; squinting (in response to bright light), or looking away from someone (avoidance). A dog may also show submission by lowering his head and averting his gaze.
Dogs also communicate with their eyes by looking at a person’s face and body to gain information about them. These signals can include watching someone closely or shifting the position of the head in relation to another dog (to maximize eye contact).
This behavior is a lot like how humans communicate with their eyes. For example, we may use our eyes to express interest in someone or something. Men and women often make eye contact longer than the other gender because they want to establish dominance over one another; people sometimes look away when they are lying or don’t want others to know what’s going on.
Dogs also use their eyes to communicate during playtime. For example, dogs may use eye contact when they are playing with other canines or humans because it is a sign of submission and respect in canine social hierarchies.
Dogs also use their eyes to form friendships through reading the emotions conveyed by others’ expressions – for example, if someone has an angry or fearful expression on their face, a dog may try to appease that person by looking away.
Dogs are naturally social animals and use eye contact as a way of bonding with humans or other canines!