This question is of interest to science and psychology.
How do scientists and psychologists explain this love so strong that we can feel for animals?
A love that is often incomprehensible to those who don’t have a dog.
The main reasons generally given are not without interest. But there is still a mystery that science cannot solve…
The search for physical proximity is often advanced as a sign that the dog does not only need us to eat, that he needs love and that he is capable of loving. After having eaten and satisfied all their vital needs, many dogs come to seek their dose of affection from their humans.
We know that in these cases, dogs and humans produce the same hormone, oxytocin, called the “love hormone”.
The search for contact on the part of the dog, physical contact but also visual (even if it is time to eat or go out!) causes in the human species the feeling of being loved.
The dog is not the only one to seek physical contact with humans, but its expressions play an important role in the attachment that can be created.
Close to human expressions, the expressions of the dog and in particular those of the face give rise to a feeling of closeness in humans, even when the expressions do not mean the same thing in the two species.
Plus, dogs read our facial expressions and wag their tails when we laugh.
Experts say dogs have evolved to adapt more and more to humans, and that’s why they sense our moods so well.
The big baby
Childish attitudes make us protective: it is a natural phenomenon for the preservation of the human race. However, when you live with a dog, there are many opportunities to soften up in the face of behaviors that are reminiscent of the human child. If you are providing dog water in pet water bottles you can feel happy.
Besides, the dog sometimes doesn’t have to do anything special to make us completely gaga! This happens more in some breeds than others who have much more marked physical characteristics of large babies or because of their small size – and also depending on the dog’s education, because he can be encouraged to reproduce certain behaviors because that… it’s “too cute”.
The dog feels emotions and the way he expresses them would be in good part at the origin of the very strong feelings that one can have for his dog. It’s clearer than with other mammals (like the meowing one), with which you sometimes have to be pretty shrewd to know if they’re happy or not happy, happy or unhappy.
In addition, the dog makes the man feel, on a daily basis, emotions and rewarding feelings.
Animals, including dogs, have been shown to provide physical well-being by, for example, lowering blood pressure when petted and producing pleasure hormones dopamine and serotonin. As there are many interactions with a dog, moments of affection, play, education etc., there are many opportunities in everyday life to provide us with well-being!
The dog loves unconditionally. This is one of the reasons why we love the dog so much. He is attached to us no matter what we do. It offers simple happiness all the time; he remains attached against all odds.
It’s true that he has no choice but to rely on us, that he can’t make judgments and that he has been shaped for centuries precisely to be attached to us.
The study of hormones, tests, MRIs or the work of psychologists will not be able to completely elucidate the bond that is created between a human and his dog. An individual and a specimen, both unique, write a story that belongs only to them.