Over the years, dogs have won the status of the ‘best companion’ of humans. They will invade your lap, fight you with pillows, guard around your home, and love you back endlessly.
Dogs love their owners, and this is no more a myth, but a scientifically proven reality. The study of animal cognition that scans a dog’s brain discussed the synaptic connections inside.
A study revealed that just the scent of an owner can stimulate the reward center of a dog’s brain. Dogs navigate the earth through their nose, and the smell is their strongest sense.
Out of a world of aromas that dogs can sense, the scent of their owner activates a significant part of their brain.
No wonder dogs recognize, realize, and respond to every human move. They acknowledge their human family and have specific thoughts about them. To know more about how your pup feels about you, stay tuned in.
Dogs desire to be fed by their owners:
A research conducted on the feeding patterns of dogs concluded something exciting. Some dogs were served their favorite food in front of their owners, strangers, and when they were alone. Most of them showed extreme enthusiasm and desire when their owners fed them.
However, when they were fed in front of strangers or solitude, they consumed the same food with minimum enthusiasm and desire.
In a nutshell, dogs feel motivated and enthusiastic when their human partners are around. Their favorite meals become much more favorite when served around their caretakers.
Dogs lookout for praise:
Ever wondered why do people tame dogs and not donkeys? Dogs are social animals, and that is the main reason why they are tamed around the globe.
They have needs similar to most human needs. Praise and appreciation are some of these crucial needs.
Dogs think of humans as their parents and mentors. Once you let them into your house and life, they care for what you think of them. Studies over dogs’ behaviors suggest that if they were offered food and praise, they tend to choose praise.
Dogs impart love generously, and just like most of the creatures, they direly lookout for it to be reciprocated.
A widespread and well-known expression of love by dogs is licking of the face. We see it nearly everywhere and with all breeds of dogs. Your dog would probably jump into your lap and lick your face till your skin starts to feel loose.
This trend, however, comes from the dog family. If you observe, most of the puppies lick the face of their mother as soon as they wake up.
Studies show that one purpose of this act is to stimulate the regurgitation reflex within their mothers. This helps the mother to vomit out the food she has caught.
Licking of the face has been an expression of hunger and demand for food, whether that is a puppy licking her mother or a wild dog licking the face of their pack leader.
Dogs who reciprocate the same with their human owners assume them to be their parents. This act indicates what dogs think of humans. Also, they trust humans to feed and nourish them, just as they’d trust their real family.
An interesting fact about dogs is that they can read the gestures on human faces. A study released in 2016 reveals that dogs can read human expressions. Even if that is a photograph, a dog can realize a smile, smirk, grin, or angry emotions.
Amazingly dogs don’t smile, but they catch it right away when you smile their way. Similarly, dogs read and react to all the gestures and facial expressions of their owners.
Dogs team up with humans:
Dogs think about humans as their teammates. Before you start wondering how, just visualize a dog tossing a ball in the sky, with the tip of his face, playing with a kid. Dogs play, eat, sleep, walk, and live with us.
Leaving out communication, dogs can offer you all that you’d want from your best buddies.
Dogs see us the same way. While we can’t enter their canine world, dogs have to assimilate into our society. They adjust to a world that is different from theirs.
And so, dogs find humans as their teammates, friends, parents, and providers.
Do dogs see us as humans?
The question might be confusing, but the answer to it is relatively straightforward and easy. And the answer is yes.
As is scientifically proven, dogs can differentiate between humans, dogs, and other animals. A study of the dogs’ canine brain suggested that dogs can process, remember, and recognize faces. A particular part of the dog’s brain helps them differentiate between a human and a dog’s face.
What do dogs think about their human family?
Like every species, dogs need love, parenting, and a caring family. Researches focused on dog behaviors unleash that dogs see their human families just as a human infant does. They rely on them for their protection.
Most people would keep dogs for security and guarding purposes. At the same time, studies reveal that dogs look forward to their owners to provide safety and security.
Most of the animals, including horses, cats, and other petrified animals, usually run away when exposed to something scary or suspicious. Dogs, however, revert to their human caregivers when faced with horrid situations.
Dogs see humans as their families and would be willing to go all the way round to reciprocate the love and affection they receive.
Dogs make a substantial part of the human world. They undoubtedly make our lives happier, healthier, and joyful.
Don’t be harsh on your Tommy, for he feels everything. He can read your facial expressions and assimilate the anger you pass his way.
Whereas they also feel the love, care, and affection that you offer them. And they would do absolutely anything to return the favor.
All the excitement, tail wagging, and face licking isn’t just a habit, but that’s purposeful. Dogs think of humans as of their own family!
Purrfect n’ Pawesome is the brainchild of Amanda, who has been into researching and writing about pets to help other pet parents in nurturing their adorable pets. Currently, she runs Purrfect n’ Pawesome along with her team of experienced and dedicated pet experts. Along with being an awesome writer and entrepreneur, Amanda is a cat mom to two innocently spoiled cats, Balanca and Scruffy.
She has been writing about pet care and nurturing and wants to share her readers’ experiences, learnings, and knowledge.
Over the years, she had the opportunity to work with various pet owners having multiple breeds, and that exposure gave her experience and the lessons of a lifetime.
Her family, her entire universe revolves around her two cats, who give her endless support and inspiration to move ahead with her objectives in life. Amanda is a live example of a balanced approach to all parenthood questions we all face in life.