The relationship between us and our doggos is beautiful and unique, and we just love them so much that it hurts our hearts. Can dogs feel this immense love we have for them? YES, they can totally feel it. When you look at them lovingly, with warmth filling you to the brim, they feel it and love us just as much! What a relief.
Not only do we have an emotional bond with our fur-children, but there’s something biological about it as well. So although you’re not the biological mother of your wonderful and loving dog, the bond between you is basically familial.
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Signs Your Dog Knows You Love Them
Has your pup ever brought you random household items and dropped them at your feet? That's them saying they love you and want you to have the world. And their big slobbery kisses are just that- endless puppy kisses. Another sign that they love you that might be misinterpreted is a soft whimper or whine. This is just another way of communicating their love to you.
- Jumping up
- Wag tail
- Pressing up against you
- Staring into your eyes
History of the Human-Dog Bond
There are a couple theories on how domestication of dogs started. One theory is that wolves began following humans around and made their own efforts towards domesticating themselves. The second theory is that humans went out and caught wolf cubs and made them pets, beginning the slow process of domestication. However it actually happened, we're sure glad it did! Where would we be without our furry loved ones?
Science Behind Dogs Feeling Our Love
The bond between us and our pups goes beyond our emotions towards each other. Canine cognition specialist, Dr. Brian Hare, found that there’s a biological connection as well. He told People magazine, "Dogs and humans have a very special relationship, where dogs have actually hijacked the human oxytocin bonding pathway that is normally reserved for our babies. When you stare at your dog, both your oxytocin levels go up, the same as when you pet them and play with them." He continues his point by saying that not only do these chemical levels go up, but as this happens, our loving bond strengthens! This is why spending daily, quality time with our doggos is so important.
It’s wonderful to get the scientific confirmation that our dogs are our babies. So when your friend, who isn’t a dog person, doesn’t understand that your dog really is your fur-child, send them this blog post and say “SEE! My dog and I carry a bond that mimics a mother-child bond, down to our neuro-chemicals.”
Training Your Dog to be Loving
If they're not showing you as much affection as you'd like, though, you can use incentives such as treats or belly rubs to reward them for showing you extra affection. Engaging in training on anything with your pup can also strengthen the bond between you two.
Socialization is also very helpful in getting your pup to show you the love. This not only means giving your doggo heaps of attention from yourself, but allowing them to be exposed to other people and pups, especially at a younger age, can make them more open and loving. On the other side of that, your pup also needs alone time with you in order to bond. Make time for both alone time and socialization to really help your pupper come out of their shell.
How to React to Your Dog Loving You:
Spend special time with them every day!
Pet them and give them praise when they show affection.
Encourage calm displays of affection over hyper ones.