There is scientific behavioral evidence that dogs have a close look at what you do, remember it and do it too.
article in English about it if interested.
article in Dutch about it if interested.
Great find indeed but I experienced that dogs ‘looking at you ‘ goes much deeper.
At age 21 I bought a fox terrier, 8 weeks old, I found out of the blue when being on a Sunday trip with father and Grandma. My mother just died some weeks ago. We wanted some outdoor fun and having a cup of coffee and cake at a very nice old mill. There were a lot of people staring at something and curious as I am I went over there to see what was going on. There she was, running towards me immediately, pissed all over me and I bought her.
My father was astonished and with Grandma it was love at first sight . We put her into dad’s hat with his scarf in it. She fell asleep. The next day I bought all things a dog possibly need and my father made a sturdy wooden box after she demolished the fluffy one I had bought.
Despite the fact that my father harshly, sometimes brute, trained her, she loved him. She sat by the door before he came home, jumped high in his arms and slept on his feet when he sat somewhere.
30 years later I had a family constellation about mother, how she treated me and dad never protected me from her. So I choose someone for dad, my mother and someone for myself. The constellation unfolded at first seeing the old behavior and to my surprise, the person standing for me, lay down and curled up on the feet of my father where she fell asleep. She stayed there while something about my mothers childhood had to be repaired first.
Into tears I remembered my deeply loved dog Freya by seeing me curled on the feet of my father. That dog showed me all the time what I was doing in relationship to my father but I was not ready to understand.
Another example is a family constellation I was honored to help with. It was a family of 4 and a tiny white dog.That dog carried all the family problems and worked in each and every constellation we did. When we finally stand in circle to say thanks to the ancestor field, that little dog stepped to the middle, got low on his fore paws and put his head between the paws saying thanks also. That was the moment the family burst into tears finally. The dog after saying thanks run around like crazy, freed from the burdens.
So dogs do not only see and remember what you are doing on the outside, they see your inner being and hidden doing. As a matter of fact all pets do, my cats, I had over the years, do the same thing. One cat had serious nose problems. I had too and it could be operated. She died of it because no cure possible.
Horses span the crown of all, what we can see in constellation work with horses. I had the chance to do also. Phenomenal.