Dog behaviorists agree that staring into the eyes of their owners can be an act of love. In fact, the hormone oxytocin, known as the love hormone, is released in humans and dogs during “stare time.” This kind of bonding time enriches the relationship between humans and their beloved pets.
A good balance to your doggie’s stare is rubbing your doggie’s ears. It is an act of reciprocity. Pat from Illinois, a dog trainer for over 40 years suggested to all her new puppy owners to spend daily time lifting the dog’s chin so they can stare into the owner’s eyes while rubbing the dog’s ears and telling them how good they are. What a great way to build a bond with your dog.
A dog also stares at their owner to pick up cues of what’s to come next. Maybe the owner is grabbing the leash? Maybe the owner is putting on his shoes? Maybe the owner is getting car keys? These are all potential cues for your dog to understand what’s coming next. And boy does your dog love going for a walk and going for a car ride.