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Does Your Dog Really love You?

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and everyone is thinking about acknowledging and celebrating the people they love. But for many pet parents that deep love also extends to their four-legged friends. 

Sure we all talk about how dogs also love us by showing unconditional love and affection. Your pup wags its tail when they see you. They smile when you pet them. They come running at the sound of your voice. But does that mean that your dog really loves you?

According to several research studies aimed at understanding the human-dog relationship on a deeper level, the answer is a definitive, scientific, resounding YES!

According a study by Mic in partnership with GE  not only do dogs seem to love us back, they actually see us as their family. It turns out that dogs rely on humans more than they do their own kind for affection, protection and everything in between.

Dogs gathered around MRI scanner MR Research Center in Budapest. Image Credit: Borbala Ferenczy

Because dog rely on their keen sense of smell to understand the world, scientists at Emory University conducted a neuroimaging study about odor processing in dogs’ brains and performed MRI of their brains while presenting them with strange and familiar scents.The results showed that dogs’ reward centers of the brain lit up like fireworks when presented with their owner’s familiar smell. It turns out that on a daily basis, dogs filter out a myriad of smells and prioritize their human’s smells above everything else.

Other studies have shown that dogs are the only animal species that when frightened, worried, or anxious, run to their humans for comfort. They are also the only species that seek eye-contact with their humans.

So we, humans, view dogs as family, but now there’s definitive proof that dogs also truly think of us as family as well. And they love us as much as we love them. That amazing bond is why IdealPetX.com is so committed to providing the best quality dog supplies to give your best friend a long, healthy, happy life.

IdealPetX Staff
IdealPetX Staff