How many of you often wonder,"what is my dog thinking about"? That is a pretty common question. Dogs can’t communicate with us the way we communicate with eachother. So it is often difficult to figure out what they are really thinking. So how do dogs think? What do they think about? Well, in reality, your guess is as good as mine. But if we really analyze it, I think we can figure it out.
Mostly, dogs care about survival. It’s in their blood. That’s why it always seems that a dog is never full after eating! If you give a dog a nice juicy steak after he’s eaten all of his dog food, there’s no way he’ll turn it down! After all, it’s probably pretty rare that he gets a steak all of the time! A dogs goal is to have enough to eat, and a place to sleep. If your dog has those bare necessities, he’s probably pretty happy! Of course, most dogs crave companionship as well. That is also important.
When training a dog, it is important to teach the dog why he’s doing the behavior as well as teaching him to do it. If he doesn’t understand why, he’s less likely to learn that behavior. For example, if you want to teach your dog to turn on a light, you need to teach him why as well. Dogs don’t need to turn on a light. They can see in the dark. So it doesn’t make sense to them to turn on a light. But, if you teach your dog that you need the light to see, then it will be much easier to teach him the behavior, because it will please you when he does it. If he knows that a certain behavior pleases you, he will be more likely to do it again. By the same token, if he learns that a certain behavior upsets you, he won’t repeat it. However, if you’re not careful, he may repeat that behavior when you are away. That is a whole other can of worms!
In conculsion, how do dogs think? Well, I don’t know of any scientific studies to prove how dogs think. But from my experiences, dogs just are! They live in the moment. Not in the future, not in the past, but in the present. They want to please us, they want to eat, they want to check things out, and defend their territory. Don’t forget, no matter how human we try to make them, they are still animals with instincts. They are loyal, compassionate, and if trained correctly, our obedient best friends.