Let me introduce you to my daughter's beloved Bernese Mountain Dog, 'Maya'. She is a gentle giant and about the same age in dog years as my two granddaughters. Maya is an only 'dog-child' and is very attached to my daughter and son-in-law. Her biggest quirk is that she seems to think she is human. I will illustrate how she tries to pretend she is human with the photos that follow:
We are doggy-sitting for a few hours today, and she is pining her little heart out as she insists on waiting for her loved ones by the door. Yes, normal behaviour for a dog.
She keeps tilting her head with that questioning look that all dogs have, asking, "When will they be back?"
She hears their car and becomes very alert.
Once her loved ones return, she shifts into trying to do the human things they do. "So Vanessa, let's sit and have a little chat. What was so important that you had to abandon me for the whole afternoon with your parents? They're okay, but they're not you!" She always sits on the couch with one leg and paw resting on the back of the sofa, just as humans do. Funny, lovable beast!
"I really think I am developing some major insecurities by being left with sitters! Can you see how depressed it made me? Have I convinced you yet to never, ever leave me again?"
"I'll just sit here with my paw on your shoulder while you tell everyone what a wonderful time you had going to visit friends without me. Sigh...... And, I could care less that the SuperBowl is on television right now. I just want to sit and look at you."
"Don't forget when I wave my paw toward the door that is your signal that I need to attend to some business outside!" Yes, Maya does motion with her paw as if to say "Come over here and let me out!"... just like a human would wave you over with their arm.