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Do Dogs Feel Love?

Do Dogs Feel Love?

As dog owners, we all adore our dogs and feel equally loved and admired by them. However, can we be sure that our dogs truly love us? Or is this just our interpretation?

Scientifically, it is proven that all mammals, including dogs and humans, have a pleasure center in the brain that is stimulated by a substance called dopamine responsible for making us feel good. Moreover, behavioral scholars say all social animals need to understand others on some level to communicate and establish relationships, which is a clear signal that they definitely have emotions.

Even with all the evidence in various branches, science states the issue as controversial and indefinite. If we can prove that dogs are equally as capable of loving as humans, we would need to assume a completely different approach to our position as leaders of the animal kingdom.

The fact is that many of us can ensure that dogs love and feel love, and their ability to deliver that love can even seem far superior to that of some people. If we ask what the main qualities of a dog are, the list would look something like this:

  • Unconditional affection
  • Forgiveness
  • Loyalty
  • Absolute disposition
  • Tenderness
  • Joy

Taking all the points listed above, we are left with the perfect formula for LOVE! And maybe that’s the reason why Jeffrey Moussaieff, author of “Dogs Never Lie About Love,” stated that dogs have the ability to love. So the question is not whether dogs feel love, the mystery is how they manage to have this enormous capacity to love. A perfect example are abused dogs who are re-homed and demonstrate an enormous capacity to love their owners and others the rest of their lives.


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