Dogs surprisingly happen to detect fear or panic from people.
You can try imagining yourself walking in a park, and you suddenly come across a pup without an owner.
Some could be stray dogs, and you know to yourself that you are frightened of them.
Dogs have an instinct that can help pick up fear. When they are looking at other people would mostly respond aggressively as a form of defense mechanism. But will they attack even when not threatened? Can they smell fear or read any human emotion?
Yes, dogs are proven to have the capability of smelling fear from people. Dogs have almost fifty times more nose receptor sites than humans.
People give off a particular odor or hormone that cannot be detected by a typical human nose, whenever adrenaline rushes through our veins, or when we’re feeling frightened and anxious, that’s when pups can smell it.
Dogs don’t only detect your fear through your odor but also to some gestures or movements you make whenever you get scared.
Your body language when frightened and nervous may cause you to speak loudly and do some unnecessary hand movements; these are threatening signs in the eyes of a dog. That is why they respond in an ill manner.
However, if you own a dog and he pretty much recognizes every little thing about you, he may not act aggressively around you since he knows you when you’re scared. But around strangers, he can either get angry or jittery as well since he’s not familiar with them.
Continue to page 2 to learn more about how pups react.