We love our dogs dearly. They are just like our family members. But, do dogs feel love? Can they feel how much we love them and more importantly do they love us back?
Every dog owner will probably say that their dog for sure loves them. But is that really true, or are we just projecting our own love onto our dogs? Are our beloved pets actually capable of love?
In this article we’re going to answer the question “Do dogs feel love” and explain everything about canine emotions.
Do dogs feel love?
If we look at this from a scientific perspective the answer to the question “Do dogs feel love?” would probably be no.
Scientists don’t really believe that animals in general are capable of feeling anything, not just love! This is because part of what sets humans apart from other animals is our ability to experience feelings. So, if they were to say that animals do have feelings, would change everything.
Now, when it comes to dog owners things are a bit different. You could ask any random person who owns a dog whether they believe their canine can feel emotions and they would probably say yes!
The love a dog gives you can’t be compared to anything. They love you unconditionally, give you affection and loyalty till their death. There are so many definitions of love, so why wouldn’t we believe that our dogs are capable of loving?
Dogs are two year old children
Recent studies by doctor Stanley Coren have actually shown that dogs have the same emotions as a 2-year-old child.
“Dogs have the equivalent mental capacity of a 2 – 2 ½ year old human, a fact we have discussed in previous blogs. A child begins emotional development at birth and is able to experience a full range of emotions by age 5.
They begin to feel love and affection at around 9 or 10 months. A dog will feel all the same things a child will feel up until the child reaches 2 – 2 ½ years, at which time the child begins to develop more complex emotions and a dog’s emotional development will end.
A dog will cycle through emotional development more quickly than a child, having achieved its full emotional capacity – including love and affection – by 4-6 months of age.” – says doctor Coren in his study.
So, in short, just like a baby feels different emotions, dogs do too! Isn’t that amazing news?!
Unconditional love despite everything
Another prove that dogs do feel love (even if it isn’t the same kind of love humans feel) is the fact that they can move on. Just think of all the abused dogs that hold no grudges toward the human race!
One person beats them and terribly abuses them. Yes it does leave scars, they might be afraid of humans for some time, but it takes just a little bit of care from another human and they’ll give us unconditional love. They will forgive humans and forget.
Sometimes it seems like unconditional love and loving in general comes so easy for dogs. And isn’t that unconditional love our dogs give us the best feeling ever?
It doesn’t matter what problem you’re in, how messy your life is, how much money you have, or how you look, your dog never judges you. They will always be happy to see you!
Do dogs feel love? Yes, definitely! However, the way dogs and humans feel love and show love is different, of course.
Even though scientists might not be sold completely on the idea that dogs actually feel love, we are! And I am sure you are too! It’s hard to believe that our dog doesn’t love us! That’s what every dog owner will say!
In conclusion, dogs might not be able to directly tell you they love you, but they do and they are showing it every day, you just need to pay a little more attention.