Why don’t dogs cry, or do they?
It’s been suggested that dogs don’t have the physical mechanism to cry – but that’s not the case, they do.
It’s been suggested that dogs don’t have the emotional capability to shed a tear when sad, but that’s not the case either.
No doubt dogs can feel sad. And dog owner knows this. Dr. Jaak Panksepp has confirmed with science our pets have emotions, and spoke to me about this. The question is not about whether or dogs have emotions similar to our own, it’s how they express them. So, while dogs are capable of shedding tears, they express sadness by whimpering, barking, and with various by signals (facial expressions, even tail carriage).
Dogs can suffer from physical problems which may create a crying like affect, such a epiphora, a condition that constitutes insufficient tear film drainage from the eyes so that tears will drain down the face rather than through the nasolacrimal system.
Or do they cry when emotional gives them a reason to do so? This rescued dog was saved, and so were her puppies. So what’s happening here?