What Do Dogs Think About? Curious Canines!

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Author: Jeanette Hampton

Have you ever wondered “What Do Dogs Think About?” They look happy when you come home, and sad when you leave, but there are many more emotions between those puppy eyes.🐶

What Do Dogs Think About

In this amazing article, we are going to crack the code of canine curiosity. From what do they think about to how do they think everything is included. So without thinking much (pun intended) let’s start!

What Do Dogs Think About?

Dogs are curious creatures, just like us humans dogs too have thoughts and feelings.💖⚖️🧠 While we can not figure out what they think about exactly as they can not speak. We surely have some guesses of the ideas they may think about, let’s look at them:

1. Feeling Emotions

Dogs bond with their humans, their caretakers. When their owner leaves the house, the dogs often watch longingly at the door.

When their human returns, the dogs jump and wag their tails wildly, thinking “My favourite person is back!” They think a lot about their special relationship.💖

Based on their body language, dogs appear to experience complex emotions. They seem happy, sad, frightened, or anxious in different situations. I can often tell what a dog is feeling just by their facial expressions and thinking about their perspective.

a dog sitting in the grass of garden and thinking

2. Yummy Treats

When training dogs, I always have tasty treats with me as rewards. As soon as the dogs smell or see the treats, their ears perk up and they stare intently.👀

Their brains seem to be shouting “Those treats smell so good!” They get very excited and motivated to train just for a little nibble.

3. Fun & Games

Dogs love playing with their owners during training sessions. Their eyes light up when they see a favourite toy like a tennis ball, and they wiggle in anticipation.🐕

Fetch and chasing games are some of the activities dogs seem to enjoy most and think about often. Good Rest: Dogs spend a lot of time resting and relaxing.

They like to find cosy napping places. I can tell they think deeply about where to nap: under the sun, in the shade, inside on a blanket. Getting good sleep and rest is a big priority.🥇

4. Natural Instincts

According to their breed, dogs show their instincts. Herding dogs like to chase and ’round up’ objects.

a dog thinking about food

Sporting breeds want to run and fetch.⚽ Dogs think about activities related to these inborn traits.

5. New Sights & Smells

When I take the dogs out for walks, they are very alert and use their noses to explore eagerly. They seem to think “What’s that interesting smell? Let’s go find out!” New places also pique their curiosity about what’s around the next corner.🏪

Dogs have a watchful nature too. When we’re out walking, their ears perk up at strange sounds. They often pause to listen more closely, as if thinking “Did I just hear something different?” Staying alert👀 to their surroundings seems to be on dogs’ minds.

a happy dog hugging the owner

How Do Dogs Think?

Dogs have an incredible sense of smell, When a new dog comes into the exam room, the first thing they do is sniff everywhere. Their nose guides their brain, allowing them to learn all about their new surroundings. I can tell they think primarily through scents.

  • When examining different breeds, I see their ancestral instincts at work. Herding dogs want to round everyone up in the room. Hounds follow their powerful nose. Retrievers gently carry things in their mouth. Their thoughts are shaped by these inborn traits.🧠
  • Dogs quickly learn routines at the vet’s office. As soon as they see the treat jar, they perk up, thinking “Snack time!” Because of their good memory, they associate things they’ve learned.
  • When I see dogs with puzzle toys, their minds are actively working to get the treats out. They paw, flip, and twist the puzzles, trying different solutions. They think logically to solve problems.

Dogs look to bond with the vet staff during exams. They seem happiest when everyone is together. This pack mentality🤝 demonstrates how sociable dogs are in their thinking and relationships[1].

What Do Dogs Think About When They Are Alone?

Let’s think about this question from a dog’s perspective for a while, “Sitting here alone, my mind starts to wander. Where did my human go? I miss her, but I know she’ll be back. For now, I think I’ll find a sunny patch on the rug for a nice nap. Ahh, this feels good.”🙌

What Do Dogs Think About

Hmm, my tummy is grumbling. I’m getting hungry. Maybe I’ll check my food bowl in the kitchen. Nope, empty. When will dinner be served? I wish my human was here to feed me.

Wow, something outside caught my eye! Is that a squirrel?🐿️ Oh, he’s too fast. One day I’ll catch you, silly squirrel! Now what’s that sound? The neighbour’s cat! I don’t like him in my yard. Grrrr…

What’s that? Keys at the door? My human’s back! I’m so excited, I can barely contain myself. I’ll run and jump to greet her! Then maybe we can play with my favourite ball or take a fun walk.🛣️ I love spending time with my special human.

This is what most dogs might be thinking when they are alone or at least it’s fun to imagine, isn’t it?🐶

Do Dogs Think About the Future?

Dogs don’t run scenario plans in their minds like “If I fetch the ball now, later my owner will reward me with a treat”. They simply act on their instincts to chase the ball. Any reward is just an enjoyable surprise later.🎁

Mostly, dogs stay present, taking life as it comes. (isn’t it great!) They focus on satisfying their nearest needs: a pat on the head, a cosy place to nap, or satisfying their thirst. The future doesn’t distract them. They trust you’ll provide for them day to day.📅

However, dogs do seem to think short-term. When you grab the leash, a dog will often get excited, expecting the upcoming walk. They’ve learned patterns like the leash meaning fun outdoor time is near. But they aren’t imagining the entire route or walking beforehand in their minds.🧠

a dog sitting by the window and thinking

How Do You Tell What Your Dog Is Thinking?

A dog’s body speaks a lot! Tingled ears signify curiosity and interest. A loose, wagging tail signifies a happy, friendly mood.

Pinned back ears suggest fear or anxiety. Growling may mean frustration or feeling threatened. A head tilt when you talk means they are listening. Play bows invite fun and connection. Eye contact communicates affection and attention.💬

Yawning when not tired shows stress. Noticing your own dog’s unique signals helps you tune into their inner world.🌍

What Does My Dog Think When I Leave?

Your dog watches you grab keys, their eyes filled with uncertainty. Will you return? They may pace anxiously, whine softly, or nibble a special toy for comfort. But they know this routine, you always come back.

With time they learned your leaving means a treat or walk is coming later. So they settle into their bed, chin resting on paws, listening for your footsteps at day’s end. Patience and trust guide their thoughts. You are their person.

Though brief loneliness tugs at their heart, home is not home without you there. A prick of the ears, a flick of the tail when your keys finally turn. Your dog greets you with joy, their steadfast companion until the end.💖


❓What Do Dogs Think When We Talk?

Body language, tone, and words are all involved in effective canine communication. Even though many scientists agree that dogs understand specific words, some believe they don’t comprehend full sentences. They feel that saying “trees, birds, grass, walk” invokes the same meaning as “let’s go for a walk”.

❓What Do Dogs Think About?

Dogs are very intelligent and enjoy learning new things. They may think about the commands they have learned and the treats or praise they receive when they follow them correctly. They may also think about what they could learn next and may be motivated by the desire to please their human companions.

❓Do Dogs Have a Voice in Their Head?

The first study to compare brain function between humans and any non-primate animal shows that dogs have dedicated voice areas in their brains, just as people do. Dog brains, like those of people, are also sensitive to acoustic cues of emotion, according to a new study.

❓What Is in a Dog’s Mind?

Much like a human toddler, a dog has the basic emotions: joy, fear, anger, disgust, excitement, contentment, distress, and even love. A dog does not have, and will not develop, more complex emotions, like guilt, pride, contempt, and shame, however. You might argue that your dog has shown evidence of feeling guilty.


In conclusion “What Do Dogs Think About?” Dogs are curious animals they like to smell everything in their surrounding.🌍

While we can not exactly understand what they think food and their favourite human must be at the top of the list! They live in the moment and long for our love as much as we long for theirs, so go ahead and give your dog a giant hug!💖


  1. Insurance, A. P. (2021, July 6). What do dogs think about it? Inside the dog’s mind. ASPCA Pet Health Insurance.
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Jeanette Hampton
Jeanette Hampton is a content writer at WWD and an expert on all things pets. She’s been writing pet blogs for over 5 years and knows everything there is to know about dogs. Jeanette enjoys writing about pet-related topics because she enjoys helping people learn more about their furry friends.

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