1. I’m ready for dinner.
If your best buddy is staring at you intently, check your watch. Are you a few minutes late with feeding?
Dogs have a powerful internal clock and often realize mealtime is approaching even before you do.
2. I’d like to go for a walk.
Has it been a while since your dog’s last walk or pee break? Or did your dog just finish a long nap or a long play session?
Both sleep and play can trigger the urge to get outside for a bathroom break.
3. I could sure use a belly rub.
Your dog probably knows that constant pestering for affection can annoy you, so they may beg from a safe distance and stare at you, hoping for some butt scratches or a belly rub.
4. Let’s go for a car ride!
As with staring in the hopes of a belly rub, your dog can have other fun ideas in mind.
Dogs that love car rides may stare and wait for you to get up and grab the keys, especially if a drive is a regular part of your daily routine together.
5. How about a light game of fetch?
Is your pup overdue for some exercise? Or are they generally obsessive about certain toys or types of play?
If a ball or favorite toy has been deposited close by, chances are good that your staring dog is trying to entice you to join in on some fun.
6. Nigh nigh time.
There goes that internal clock again! Are you staying up later than usual?
Dogs are naturally curious, and your pup may be wondering why you aren’t starting the usual routine of teeth brushing and pajama-donning.
7. You look stressed, human.
Dogs have evolved to be skilled at reading our facial expressions and body language.
A staring dog may be trying to decode your mood.
Are you happy and likely to play? Sad and in need of comfort?
Your pup wants to know and wants to help.
8. I don’t feel so good.
Your dog relies on you for comfort and security.
If they aren’t feeling well, they may come to you and stare, knowing you’re the one who makes them feel better.
9. You smell delicious/weird/bad.
Dogs gather a wealth of information through their nose.
They may prefer to come up close and sniff your face, but know that’s not always welcome.
So they do the next best thing: sit close by, and sniff all they can from a respectful distance.
Bonus: I love you.
Dogs are loyal creatures, and they love unconditionally.
An adoring gaze may be exactly that — an expression of your dog’s love and devotion.