Yes, dogs can 'catch' their owners' emotions
A pile of recent studies show how canines pick up chemical and physiological cues from people that allow our moods to become "contagious."
Dog-owners often feel that their pooches are good at picking up on their emotions. This isn’t a figment of their imaginations. New studies show how behavioral and chemical cues from humans can affect dogs in ways that enable them to not only discriminate between their owners’ fear, excitement, or anger, but also to “catch” these feelings from their human companions.
Just as human toddlers look to their parents for cues about how to react to the people and world around them, dogs often look to humans for similar signs. When their people project feelings of calm and confidence, dogs tend to view their surroundings as safe and secure.
“The emotional connection between humans and dogs is the essence of the relationship,” says