It is no secret that dogs are highly intelligent animals. In fact, the average dog can be trained to understand over 100 words including commands such as ‘come’, ‘sit’, ‘stay’, and ‘fetch’ as well as their own names. They also learn to adapt to the needs of their masters which often include learning new tricks for entertainment, being a loyal friend, a playmate and guardian. It is believed that they can grasp concepts that a two year old baby can, but even more impressive than a dog’s ability to learn new things, is its emotional intelligence. So Purebredbreeders.com wonders “Do dogs have better emotional intelligence than we do?”
The Answer is “Yes”, but with A Twist
Dogs tend to be very perceptive. As such, they read body language very well and are likely to pick up on changes in mood, posture and their environs as a whole. Being able to respond to the different signals and stimuli within its environment is very important to a dog’s world as this is how they communicate to a large extent (outside of barking). Unlike humans, dogs cannot express themselves using words, but rather through actions. They are therefore more in tune with what is going on around them, and often respond with amazing perception and insight.
On average, a dog is said to have the emotional intelligence of a human teenager. Being that human beings generally live past their teen years and continue to evolve in their emotional intelligence, it would stand to reason that human beings have a higher level of emotional intelligence than dogs. Right? Purebredbreeders.com found that his assumption is actually flawed.
Although human beings are very diverse and adaptable in their emotional intelligence a dog’s reliance on his or her instincts and emotional intelligence makes the canine more accurate in its understanding. By extension, our canine companions tend to respond more accurately than we do in many situations that rely of reading emotions. Purebredbreeders.com understands that the argument rests on the observation that human beings are more likely to misread a situation than dogs are, which makes dogs superior in this department despite their limitations.