Why does my dog stare at me?

Dogs often stare at humans to make sure they don’t miss anything, to try to read our emotions, or to try to get something. “Something” is often a snack, but can also be attention, play time, or a walk.

Australian Shepherd looking cute, tilting its head

While it can be unnerving to have someone constantly stare at you, it’s a good thing. You have your dog’s attention.

It is important to know that staring at a dog you don’t have a close relationship with can be considered a challenge. If you meet dogs you don’t know, it’s polite to not look into their eyes.

The same is true for cats to some extent – to make friends with a cat, meet their eyes and blink slowly.

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