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Dog is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You

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True love: a woman and her Valentine's Day date pose behind a heart-shaped pastry during a February 14 Paris flash mob At first I kind of intellectually resisted that. I mean I didn’t resist it in my personal feelings or anything, I mean I loved her, but I resisted taking that seriously as part of trying to understand what makes dogs so remarkable and so special. Until one day I just kind of gave in, and I thought well, let’s take this affectionate position seriously, let’s look at this seriously. Animals do have emotional bonds, obviously usually with their own species. Let’s consider from a critical, scientific view, the possibility that what’s going on with dogs is that they have an amazing capacity to form strong emotional bonds. And as soon as I took that possibility seriously, then as you know, what I describe in the book Dog Is Love, it became so clear that that really is what makes dogs the amazing beings that they are. It’s not their intelligence. For all that I’ve met some smart dogs, dogs really don’t have special forms of intelligence that other species don’t have. But they do have a truly remarkable, really quite exaggerated, capacity to form strong emotional connections. And that’s all because of Xephos, who’s here right now paying no attention. She taught me that.

Dogs have a truly remarkable, really quite exaggerated, capacity to form strong emotional connections."There is no faith which has never yet been broken, except that of a truly faithful dog." – Konrad Lorenz, zoologist The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog." – George Graham Vest, U.S. Senator from Missouri It also means carving out time to meet their social needs instead of leaving them isolated for most of the day.

Jamie Richardson, a veterinarian and medical chief of staff at Small Door Veterinary, says that merely hearing your name will be enough to get some dogs excited. "Over time, dogs learn to recognize human names. If they hear a loved one's name mentioned who isn't present, they'll get excited at the thought that they might appear," said Richardson. 3. They follow you aroundPhylogeny = evolutionary history (or more precisely 'the evolution of a genetically related group of organisms) It's tough to stay married. My wife kisses the dog on the lips, yet she won't drink from my glass." – Rodney Dangerfield, American stand-up comic, actor, producer, screenwriter, musician, and author Old dogs, like old shoes, are comfortable. They might be a bit out of shape and a little worn around the edges, but they fit well." – Bonnie Wilcox, author of Successful Dog Breeding

If you eliminate smoking and gambling, you will be amazed to find that almost all an Englishman's pleasures can be, and mostly are, shared by his dog." – George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwrightMy main characters are the most sunny, happy, optimistic, loving creatures on the face of the Earth. I couldn't be happier that's where I start. I can put as many flawed people in the dog's world as I like, but the dog doesn't care. Dog doesn't judge; dog doesn't dislike. Dog loves. That's not so bad." – W. Bruce Cameron, author of A Dog's Purpose, A Dog's Journey, and A Dog's Way Home Researchers on a quest to answer this age-old question conducted magnetic image resonance tests (MRI) on several trained dogs to look at their brain activity. When presented with a selection of different smells, the dogs were more excited by their human’s scent than by any other smell, including, notably, food. Research also tells us some dogs prefer praise over food, or want both equally. Krisztina Kovács,1,* Zsófia Virányi,2 Anna Kis,1 Borbála Turcs��n,1 Ágnes Hudecz,3 Maria T. Marmota,2 Dóra Koller,4 Zsolt Rónai,4 Márta Gácsi,5 and József Topál1

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