The research revealed new evidence of dogs’ social and emotional intelligence, providing insight into how dogs empathized with human’s emotions, how they feel love for us, and why the human-dog connection is so strong.
So if you don’t have an MRI at home, what are some signs that your dog doesn’t just consider you its food source but experiences real affection for you?
Gregory Berns, one of the researchers at Emory University and also author of the book How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain, shared four signs that your dog really loves you with the Wall Street Journal.
After Eating, Your Dog Cuddles with You
Dogs live in the moment, so when food’s available, it’s no surprise they go after it with relish. But what’s their top priority after eating? You!
Your Dog Enjoys Sleeping with You
Whether your dog sleeps with you at night or just naps while you sit on the couch during the day, this is a sign that you’re connected on a social level. Dogs prefer to be with members of their own social group, and that includes all pack members, whether canine, human, feline, or otherwise.
Your Dog Is Happy When You Come Home
As you know from Cesar, this doesn’t necessarily have to express itself in an all-out jumping, barking, and licking extravaganza. If your dog approaches, tail wagging, you know he’s happy.
You Love Your Dog
According to Berns, if you don’t love your dog, how can you expect her to return the feeling?
What’s not a sign of your dog’s love? Separation anxiety. Berns says that this is just a behavior issue. A well-adjusted dog will trust that you’ll return.