Surely it has happened to you that you have woken up in the middle of the night and have found your dog staring at you in the dark.
The first time it happens it can scare us. Why is she looking at us? Is something wrong with me? Is something wrong with him? Is there anything in the house that I should be concerned about?
But it begins to happen more or less regularly and we understand that it is a habitual behavior of the dog. And we search on the internet and read that this happens very regularly.
Although it is normal and we do not have to worry, there may be important reasons why our dog is staring at us so intently at night. And understanding them will facilitate coexistence and nighttime rest for both us and our dog.
Is it Normal For Dogs to Stare At Their Owners?
Dogs can be the perfect sleeping partner. Whether you snore or go to the bathroom, they don’t judge you. Dogs provide comfort when you’re feeling down and unconditional love with no strings attached.
But what is there behind their star-gazing eyes while you slumber? Let’s get into it!
The 7 Likely Causes of Dog Staring Behavior
Dog staring behavior is prevalent in dogs. Though it may concern many dog owners, there’s nothing to worry about the stare. Here are six likely reasons to help you comprehend your furry friend’s actions and what they imply.
1. Want Something From You or are Seeking Your Attention!
The answer is pretty straightforward. Your dog might be just bored! Our furry companions require plentiful amounts of physical movement. Some more than others, depending on breed.
So they might wake you up while you are asleep. And ask you to play with them. As for your dog, it’s time to play. So often, they will wake you up. It is easy for them to figure out that the longer they gaze, the easier it is for them to get what they want, which is to be their playmate.
A dog with less amount of physical conditioning can be the reason they are restless, which will keep your dog awake all night long as there’s residual energy nowhere to be burned.
In manipulation, dogs are the master. It is nearly impossible to resist their adorable face; they clearly know how to get things with those two pretty eyes. To be cunning is not in their nature. They just want your attention. So the longer they stare, the more likely you’ll end up spoiling them.
2. Needs to go to the Bathroom or Feel Anxious
It is very uncommon for your furry friend to want to pee. Many dogs are trained where to pee & poop by themselves, though not all dogs are self-reliant.
So your dog relies on you daily to take care of their activities in and out of the house. We think dogs are just purely adorable animals and are made only to make us” awe.” Nevertheless, that is not true. Dogs get anxious too.
The most common cause of anxiety in a dog is traveling, loud noises, abandonment, fear of being home alone, and being around strange people, pets, and children.
To understand, the dogs that are abused or neglected show anxiousness. You can only assist your furry buddy by determining the cause.
If your dog is showing signs of anxiety and that makes them stare at you for help, be there for them to get them through. They need us!
3. You aren’t Showing Signs of Sleepin
Dogs have a really great sense. Almost instantly, they sense their surroundings and what is really going on around them. You never know; your dog just might save your life as well.
From having a heart attract to having a bad dream, some people experience it while sleeping. And dogs can sense signs of trouble. Your furry friend just wants to make sure you’re doing okay.
If you’re moving and showing signs of trouble like breathing difficulties or anxiety, your furry friend will stay, stare & provide comfort as long as the problem persists.
4. They’re Waiting for Your Next Move
While you slumber, it is expected that you make movements. We try to find a position on the bed that makes us feel comfortable. That produces the creaking noise of the bed, or you just might be snoring.
This easily startles your dog and makes them stare at you for your next move. If your body is not relaxed and continues to move, your dog will likely stare at you cause you wake them up.
5. Your Dog Wants to Protect You
Dogs have a powerful ability to sense. To ensure your safety, your furry pal might stare at you whenever it senses danger. If this is the first time, you have noticed your dog acting protectively, staying alert is vital. They behave in this way, only there’s something very bizarre, noisy, or something that’s a threat.
Also, dogs are natural-born pack animals. And they look up to you as their pack members, which is why seeking attention and affection is common among their pack members.
They also love sleeping near other dogs or humans because it makes them feel secure.
6. Your Dog is Hungry
We all get hungry in the middle of the night. Just like us, dogs get hungry too. The first thing as dog owners is to fetch your dog some pet food in the morning. They need a routine too. Dog owners often give food to their furry friends twice a day. If you don’t, your dog is just hungry and wants food.
Some dogs may even wake you up to get them some food.
7. Your Dog Loves You
Another cause for your dogs staring while you sleep is plain that they love & admire you. The bond between you and your furry friend might be powerful, making them always want you by their side.
They are aware of not waking you up while you slumber carelessly, so they just watch you instead. Despite their love for you, keeping your furry friends’ behavioral issues in check, like getting too attached, is necessary. This will cause separation anxiety when they can’t find you.
How Should I Stop My Dog From Staring At Me When I’m Sleeping?
It will not be easy to make your dog stop staring at you since you do not know what it could mean. However, you can work on how to interpret their star-gazing eyes. For example, feed your dog if it is starving. If they feel restless, take them for a walk.
Whatever you may interpret, if that seemingly works, is suitable for both of you. If somehow it does not, pick up on different interpretations of the stare.
Will a Vet Help Me Understand My Dog’s Behavior?
It must be concerning for you as a dog owner about your dog’s behavior. Talking to a vet is a moral decision. Ultimately, you are just looking out for your furry friend’s wellbeing. Remember that having a strong, trusting relationship between you and your dog is unquestionably essential. Feed, care and take good care of your furry companion.
Meet John Patterson, an accomplished Dog Trainer and a dedicated advocate for building strong human-canine relationships.With years of experience as a Professional Dog Trainer, John firmly believes that well-trained dogs are a reflection of patient guidance and unwavering care. Beyond his training skills, he finds solace in grooming and playing with dogs, nurturing their physical and emotional well-being.