As we already know, Dog was the first man’s best friend. They became the first rank of men best friend. Even there is a story for the dog met the men. We also know that dog knows the dogs really knows his owner and owner’s family and other neighbors. They play with his owner with happy, even running towards the owner when he came near. Yes, I come to the question, “Do they have the feeling of love?”
It is hard to figure out what’s going on in the head of the species that can’t talk. But there are techniques researchers use to look for emotions in animals, and studies suggest that dogs do deep emotional bonds with people.
Research suggests dog has your back and will snub those who snub you. Studies show they do seem to display empathetic concern, like nuzzling a person when they’re sobbing or becoming anxious at the sound of an infant crying.
Dogs are also able to distinguish among human emotions by smell alone
because how we feel changes the chemicals in our sweat. So even if you’re putting on a brave face, they probably still know you’re sad.
If dogs exhibit the same physiological response we do when we feel things, researchers have looked to see this area as to find evidence for emotions. As in 2015 study used MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging), which monitors brain activity based on blood flow, to look at how 12 dogs reacted to the smell of themselves people they knew, strangers, and familiar and unfamiliar dogs. The scent of people they knew activated an area of the brain that the other smells didn’t: the caudate nucleus, the same part of the brain’s reward system that activates when we humans look at pictures of people we love.
Other lines of research have looked at oxytocin levels. Oxytocin is sometimes called the ‘love hormone,’ which is a major oversimplification of how it affects your body and brain but it does seem to play a big part in creating and maintaining emotional bonds
And when you interact with people you love like when you hold your baby or flirt with your partner— the levels of oxytocin in your blood and saliva jump.
Studies have found that there’s a similar rise when you play with your dog,
for both you and them and that just gazing into each other’s eyes can be enough to cause a mutual spike.
Psychologists are quick to note that it’s impossible to prove emotions with physiological tests. Even with people, blood tests don’t equal feelings. You can ask if someone loves you, but there’s no lab result that can tell you if they mean it when they say yes.
So a lot of our understanding of dogs’ emotions comes from the same techniques used in studies on emotions in humans especially humans that can’t convey their feelings verbally, like babies. Psychologists study infant attachment by looking for certain key behaviors: things like seeking physical closeness with their caregivers, becoming more adventurous when they’re nearby, and being distressed when they’re separated.
And multiple studies have found that the bond between dogs and their owners
is super similar to the bond between children and their caregivers.
Both babies and dogs have done Strange Situation Procedure tests, where you watch them while they’re left in a room either alone, with a stranger, with their parent or owner, or with some other combination of people. And while both babies and dogs seek physical closeness with their person, they also tend to display more independence by
exploring or reacting more positively to strangers when their caregiver is around.
That’s probably because their caregiver acts as a safe base of support, giving them the security they need to take risks. Both babies and dogs also tend to get distraught when their person leaves and seek comfort from them when they return,
suggesting they’re a kind of “safe haven” that reduces stress.
Studies like these have even revealed different attachment styles in dogs,
similar to what’s been described as how people bond with their parents. It makes sense that babies and dogs have similar types of bonds with those that raise them. Dogs are a social species, too, and when they’re young, they rely entirely on whoever cares for them to survive.
But science can’t fully answer this, but Psychologists still debate whether love can be measured if non-human animals are cognitively capable of feeling it or even what love really is.
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