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(16,697 posts)
Mon Nov 24, 2014, 05:00 PM Nov 2014

Scientific Proof That Dogs Love Us Like Family

As a long-time dog lover and first-time dog parent, there are tons of questions swirling in my head about what my dog’s thinking, dreaming, and barking.

We already know that our pups love us. There is no doubt about that. You can see it in their eyes. You can see it in their smile. And you can see it in their tail-wags.

But, if you’re like me, you’ve probably found yourself wondering, “How much does my dog love me? What does he get out of our lovin’ relationship?”

Thanks to scientists and their quest to understand the human-dog relationship on a deeper level we now have some more answers on the subject.

According to a recent piece 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.”

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(34,883 posts)
2. It's true for cats,too. Adult cats never "meow" to other cats; only to us--just like kittens with
Mon Nov 24, 2014, 08:44 PM
Nov 2014

mamma. They view us as "the parent", or, as Sad Cat Diary says, "The Authorities".


(35,031 posts)
14. Yes, the final few statements in the linked article are incorrect.
Sat Nov 29, 2014, 12:38 AM
Nov 2014

Dogs definitely are not the only ones who seek eye contact, etc. Some cats LIVE for attention and affection from us as well as reassurance and protection when afraid.


(69,014 posts)
16. I don't know where that idea comes from but Chickie ain't calling for me.
Sun Nov 30, 2014, 11:05 AM
Nov 2014

She's yelling for Shanks. They have a long term love hate relationship including a regular Apache dance. Chickie and Shanks are both cats.


(52,288 posts)
3. I wonder how that works when a dog is adopted
Mon Nov 24, 2014, 09:08 PM
Nov 2014

My dog, who I adopted in August, had an owner for a few years before me. I wonder if he is fully attached to me now or if he would remember his old owners if he saw them again. It is a cool study though. Both of my recent dogs are much more into their human than other dogs that is for sure.


(16,697 posts)
4. I adopted my current dog when he was five
Mon Nov 24, 2014, 09:14 PM
Nov 2014

He spent almost a year with his fosters and sees them at the yearly beagle fest. He just loves them and probably his original owners also.

But he loves us too.


(16,697 posts)
7. i think it takes a little time
Tue Nov 25, 2014, 12:03 AM
Nov 2014

Maybe 6 months or so for your pet to think of you as family. Sooner if the dog is a puppy or adolescent.


(33,206 posts)
11. My dog came here 8 years ago as a rescue.
Fri Nov 28, 2014, 05:30 PM
Nov 2014

She is so bonded to me, it's unbelievable. Occasionally she sees the kids she lived with before, gets happy & excited for awhile, but when I call her to me so we can leave, she walks out with me with no issues. Your dog will settle in.


(2,655 posts)
15. I wish I could remember the exact book for you, but I read it is common for wolves to adopt pups...
Sat Nov 29, 2014, 12:48 AM
Nov 2014

from another pack of the parents are killed. Also common for them to leave and start new packs.
So to me that shows that the new bonds can be as strong to them as the old.
The more love you give the more they give back. Our current golden amazes us with her expressiveness and ways she shows she knows she is loved and happy.

artemis starwolf

(31 posts)
17. i think they are like us
Sun Nov 30, 2014, 12:09 PM
Nov 2014

In that dogs can form new attachments while still loving people from their past. Your dog probably loves you very much, but would be happy to see his old owner. My rescue greyhound bonded to me very quickly but recognized her foster people and was always glad to see them. I did have a funny experience with a little dog I have now. I got her from an acquaintance who was fostering her, and she bonded to me right away. A few days later, I saw my friend. As soon as Cookie saw the lady, her ears and tail went down and she got this sad look! I know my friend was kind to her, so it couldn't be that she was mistreated. She was just afraid she would have to leave me and go back to rthe foster home. But Cookie is an unusually sensitive dog. I think most dogs have plenty of love to go around for all the people they have known.

Cracklin Charlie

(12,904 posts)
9. I heard someone on teevee say that...
Thu Nov 27, 2014, 08:53 PM
Nov 2014

Dogs are the only animal species that prefer to be with a species other than their own.


(71,177 posts)
12. I really can't think of life w/out dogs.
Fri Nov 28, 2014, 07:06 PM
Nov 2014

This was one pf the greatest dogs in the history of dogs. He made 13 years and for a
big dog that is a good run.

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