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What Makes Us Fall In Love With Our Dogs? We find out

Falling in love with your dog

Why do we love our dogs so much? Why do we bond with them so tightly that it often feels like they are a part of the family? And why do we love them more than anything else in the world?

Some people might say that it’s because dogs are loyal and always there for us, while others might say that it’s because they make us laugh or are just so darn cute. But what is it about dog love that makes us feel so warm and fuzzy inside?

In this article, I’m going to explore the science of dog love and try to answer these questions. I’ll also share some personal stories about how our dog’s have stolen our hearts!

What is love for a dog?

When we talk about love for a dog, we’re not talking about the same kind of love that we feel for other humans. Dogs love us in their own way, and often attach themselves to one specific person more than anyone else.

This type of love is called attachment, and it’s what makes dogs so loyal and devoted to  their owners. Dogs that are securely attached to their owners will follow them around, wag their tails happily when they see them, and generally love being around them.  My Frenchie, Dolly is definitely a “velcro dog”.

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What is a velcro dog?  A velcro dog is a term used to describe a dog that follows their owner around constantly and can’t stand being away from them.

Research has shown that the dog-human bond is truly quite strong, and that dogs can actually pick up on our emotions! So if you’re feeling stressed out or sad,  your dog will likely be able to tell.

Why do we love our dogs so much?

So what is it that makes us love our dogs so much? I think it has a lot to do with the way they make us feel. Dogs are great at making us laugh and smile, and they always seem to know when we need some love and support. They’re also incredibly forgiving, and never seem to hold a grudge against us.

We love our dogs because they are kind, loyal, loving, and provide us with unconditional love.

Dogs have been known to provide companionship and love for humans for centuries. They are often seen as loyal friends and family members, and there is a reason why we call them “man’s best friend.” Dogs make us happy, and we love them for it.

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Amber LaRock, Licensed Vet Tech & Pet Expert

“There are many reasons why we fall more in love with our pups each day, but I believe that the special connection that dogs offer is the main one. There are not many situations in which love is offered without conditions, but our dogs will do this without question. No matter what life brings your way, your pup will always be there without judgement! Your dog can always be your constant in an ever changing world, and that is more important now than ever.”
Amber

There are many reasons why we love our dogs so much. For one, dogs are considered to be members of the family and are often treated as such. They provide us with companionship, comfort, and unconditional love, which is something that many of us crave. Additionally, dogs help us get exercise and promote a healthy lifestyle. Ultimately, dogs make our lives better in innumerable ways and it’s easy to see why we fall in love with them.

And, since dogs were selectively bred to serve us, they have developed physical characteristics that we find appealing. For example, their floppy ears and big eyes make them look cute and innocent, which makes us feel protective of them. Additionally, dogs are very social animals and love interacting with humans, which further strengthens the bond between dog and human.

Dogs have been known to trigger protective and nurturing instincts in humans.  This is likely because dogs were bred to serve us and perform tasks for us, such as hunting or guarding. As a result, we often love our dogs like children and find it difficult to say no to them.

It is interesting to note that our love for dogs is “unconditional.” We do not expect anything in return for the love and care we give our dogs.

In my opinion, love for a dog is partly based on the comfort and security that they provide. Dogs are always happy to see us, and they’re always ready to offer a warm hug or a wag of the tail. They truly make our lives brighter and more enjoyable!

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”

Roger Caras

Do dogs know how much we love them?

There’s no definitive answer to this question, but I think it’s safe to say that dogs definitely feel love from their owners. Dogs have been known to perform some pretty amazing  feats in order to show their love for us, such as rescuing us from danger or bringing us a present.

I also believe that dogs can understand the language of love. After all, they’re experts at reading our body language and facial expressions! So when we give them a hug or kiss them on the head, they know exactly how we feel.

“The love of a dog is pure and true, it knows no jealousy or possessiveness.” – Charles Darwin

Do dogs feel love when we kiss them?

Again, there’s no definitive answer to this question, but I think it’s safe to say that dogs enjoy being kissed by their owners. A lot of dog owners will tell you that their dog loves getting kisses, and I think there’s some truth to that!

Kissing your dog is a great way to show them how much you love them, and it’s a surefire way to make them happy – but not always. Read this article where I investigate doggy kisses – the human-canine kiss.

“A man who doesn’t love a dog has no heart.” 

– Unknown

The Science of Dog Love

So what is the science behind dog love? Well, it’s actually quite complex!

Love is a complicated emotion that has been studied for centuries. However, up until recently, the science of love was primarily focused on humans. Recently, however, scientists have started to explore how love works in other species. And it turns out that dogs experience love just as much as humans do- if not more. This is because dogs rely heavily on their brains to process social information, and the part of the brain responsible for processing social information is also responsible for feelings of love.

There are a number of hormones and chemicals that are released when we fall in love, and many of these same hormones are also released when we bond with our dogs. Oxytocin is one such hormone, and it’s responsible for feelings of love,  happiness, and contentment.

Studies have shown that when we look into our dogs eye’s, oxytocin is released in both the dog and human brains, known as the the ‘oxytocin-gaze positive loop’!

A 2015 study in Japan found dogs and humans were engaging in cross-species gaze-mediated bonding using this same oxytocin system. So it’s pretty clear that love for a dog is not just a one-way street.

Humans also have a tendency to affiliate with other living creatures, which is called biophilia. There are many reasons why humans form attachments to animals, but one of the most common reasons is that dogs fulfill our evolutionary need for companionship.

How long does it take to fall in love with your dog?

It typically takes about two weeks for a person to fall in love with their dog and vice versa, and the love is usually just as strong as any other type of love. Dogs are capable of forming strong emotional attachments with their owners and other dogs. 

Dogs don’t really fall into “romantic” love as humans do, but they can form deep and lasting bonds with their owners and other dogs. These relationships are built on trust and mutual respect, which is why dogs often exhibit signs of separation anxiety when they’re away from their loved ones.

These attachments can be so powerful that they trigger the same areas of the brain as love does in humans. This is why people often refer to their dogs as their “fur babies.” In fact, some people have even been known to say that they love their dog more than anyone else in the world!

There are several scientific reasons why dogs love us so much, but one of the most important is because we provide them with food, shelter, and love. Dogs are pack animals, and in the wild, the pack is the most important thing to them. So by providing our dogs with love and companionship, we’re fulfilling their most basic needs.

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”

Josh Billings

How To Tell If Your Dog is in Love with you

There are a number of ways to tell if your dog is in love with you. One of the most obvious signs is that they will be constantly following you around and trying to be near you as much as possible. They will also be very attentive when you’re talking to them, and they may even start responding to their name more often.

Dogs are great listeners and take in everything you say. If you’re talking to your dog and he’s not looking at you, then he’s not listening. If he’s looking at you, then he’s listening.

Meaningful eye contact

Dogs often make meaningful eye contact with their owners, which is a strong signal of love. Dogs who are in love will stare at their owners for longer periods of time and follow them around more frequently. If your dog exhibits these behaviors, it’s likely that he or she loves you very much.

Gets excited when you come home

One surefire way of telling if your dog is in love with you is if it gets excited when you come home. Dogs often express their love for us through excitement and happiness, so this behavior is a good indicator that your dog loves you.

Wants to be with you

Dogs that are in love with their owners tend to want to be around them as much as possible. If your dog constantly follows you around during the day or tries to sleep in bed with you, it may be a sign of affection.

Yawns with you

One way to tell if your dog loves you is by their reaction when you yawn. Dogs have been shown to yawn contagiously, so if your dog starts yawning when you do, it’s a good sign that they’re feeling connected to you.

Your stories – How falling in love with your dog changed their lives

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Sara, a passionate Pomeranian blogger from Florida with her family and dogs.

“I said to my husband the other day that having our pack of Pomeranians in our life is one of my biggest joys. The joy that dogs can bring into your home and life is extremely special. The stress relief, play, exercise, laughter, and cuddling are just the tip of the iceberg when you welcome a dog into your life.

We like to think that our dogs choose us.  Every time we started to get that itch to add a new furry friend there would be one that just “spoke” to us letting us know it was meant to be.”
Sara

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Helene and her dogs Hugo and Millie
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Helene and her dogs on their travels

“I said to my husband the other day that having our pack of Pomeranians in our life is one of my biggest joys.The joy that dogs can bring into your home and life is extremely special. The stress relief, play, exercise, laughter, and cuddling are just the tip of the iceberg when you welcome a dog into your life. We like to think that our dogs choose us.  Every time we started to get that itch to add a new furry friend there would be one

While my dogs were strictly rescued, both their original owners didn’t want them. Hugo, my doberman, was chasing cows on the first owner’s property and said he no longer wanted him. I was so unsure about getting a doberman. I grew up with smaller, fluffier dogs. Then I looked into his eyes and realized that this dog was my soulmate. He proved that when about 4 months later I broke my ankle and leg rock climbing and was out of work for 6 months. Every day he sat by my side and every time I got up he braced himself next to my leg like a crutch! He has such incredible instinct.

Millie, my english springer spaniel, was an accidental breeding. She is a bird dog but was extremely shy, especially around people. But not with me. The minute I got down on the ground she crawled into my lap and licked my chin, it was love. I feel like she’s a dog version of me and we just connect in so many ways. I really can’t imagine my life without these dogs!”
Helene

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Lindsay Stordahl, owner of the blog That Mutt

“We fall in love with our dogs because they are so adaptable! I have a weimaraner and a yellow Lab, and they both love to crash up and down the trails with me. We train for marathons together.

But after our adventures, I can guarantee my two buddies will be ready to curl up and relax on a Saturday afternoon. This is what dogs do, and it’s why I love them. Every dog knows to appreciate the moment. I am lucky to have them here to remind me to do the same.”

Lindsay

Ideas for how to show your dog how much you love them

Well, as if you needed any help! But if you do, here’s a great list of 100 ways to show your dog you love them, so that should help inspire you!

Give your dog plenty of attention

One way to show your dog how much you love them is to give them plenty of attention. Dogs need exercise, playtime, and plenty of human interaction in order to feel loved and secure. Make sure you take your dog for walks, let them run around in the backyard, and engage in interactive games with them. This will make both you and your dog happy!

Spend time playing with your dog

One of the best ways to show your dog how much you love them is by spending time playing with them. This can be in the form of fetch, going for walks, or just letting them run around in the backyard. Dogs love spending time with their owners and will appreciate all the attention they can get!

Take your dog for walks

One way to show your dog how much you love them is to take them for walks. This will give them the opportunity to explore their surroundings and get some exercise.

Give your dog a comfortable place to sleep.

One way to show your dog how much you love them is to provide them with a comfortable place to sleep. This could be a bed, blanket, or even just a soft spot on the floor. Dogs like feeling comfortable and loved, and this is one way to make sure they feel that way.

And in case you’re really feeling the love today… how about some doggy love songs and poems?

Love songs for your dog

There are many love songs out there that are perfect for your dog. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder
  • “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
  • “How Deep Is Your love” by The Bee Gees
  • “Can’t Help Falling in love With You” by Elvis Presley

Poems about love for my dog

I love my dog with all of my heart, and I know that I’m not alone in this. There are many poems out there that express the love we feel for our dogs. Here are three of my favorites:

“The Power of the Dog” by Rudyard Kipling, some truth in here in a moving poem.

The Power of the Dog

There is sorrow enough in the natural way

From men and women to fill our day;

And when we are certain of sorrow in store,

Why do we always arrange for more?

Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware

Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy

Love unflinching that cannot lie—

Perfect passion and worship fed

By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.

Nevertheless it is hardly fair

To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which Nature permits

Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,

And the vet’s unspoken prescription runs

To lethal chambers or loaded guns,

Then you will find—it’s your own affair—

But… you’ve given your heart to a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will,

With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!).

When the spirit that answered your every mood

Is gone—wherever it goes—for good,

You will discover how much you care,

And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way,

When it comes to burying Christian clay.

Our loves are not given, but only lent,

At compound interest of cent per cent.

Though it is not always the case, I believe,

That the longer we’ve kept ’em, the more do we grieve:

For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,

A short-time loan is as bad as a long—

So why in—Heaven (before we are there)

Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

“Incident of Characteristics of a Favourite Dog” by William Wordsworth. Not the snappiest of titles, but a great poem:

Incident of Characteristics of a Favourite Dog

ON his morning rounds the Master

Goes to learn how all things fare;

Searches pasture after pasture,

Sheep and cattle eyes with care;

And, for silence or for talk,

He hath comrades in his walk;

Four dogs, each pair of different breed,

Distinguished two for scent, and two for speed.

See a hare before him started!

–Off they fly in earnest chase;

Every dog is eager-hearted,

All the four are in the race:

And the hare whom they pursue,

Knows from instinct what to do;

Her hope is near: no turn she makes;

But, like an arrow, to the river takes.

Deep the river was, and crusted

Thinly by a one night’s frost;

But the nimble Hare hath trusted

To the ice, and safely crost;

She hath crost, and without heed

All are following at full speed,

When, lo! the ice, so thinly spread,

Breaks–and the greyhound, DART, is overhead!

Better fate have PRINCE and SWALLOW–

See them cleaving to the sport!

MUSIC has no heart to follow,

Little MUSIC, she stops short.

She hath neither wish nor heart,

Hers is now another part:

A loving creature she, and brave!

And fondly strives her struggling friend to save.

From the brink her paws she stretches,

Very hands as you would say!

And afflicting moans she fetches,

As he breaks the ice away.

For herself she hath no fears,–

Him alone she sees and hears,–

Makes efforts with complainings; nor gives o’er

Until her fellow sinks to re-appear no more.

“The Dog” by Ogden Nash, a short and sweet poem.

The Dog

The truth I do not stretch or shove

When I state that the dog is full of love.

I’ve also found, by actual test,

A wet dog is the lovingest.

How to keep your love for your dog healthy and balanced, not obsessive or controlling

When it comes to dog love, we often think about how to keep the relationship healthy and balanced. However, it is also important not to let the love become obsessive or controlling. This can be done by talking to your pet like they are a real person and confiding in them about your problems. In this way, you will be able to maintain an open communication with your furry friend while also strengthening the bond between you two.

Dogs need a lot of exercise and space to run around. If they don’t get it, they may become obsessive or controlling of their owners. It’s important to keep them healthy and well-balanced by providing the proper amount of exercise and space.

Dogs need a regular routine in order to feel secure. They should not be left alone for long periods of time, as this can lead to obsessive or destructive behaviors. You should also make sure that your dogs get enough exercise and playtime.

Falling in love with your dog

So there you have it. I hope this article has helped to answer some of your questions about dog love. Dogs are truly amazing creatures, and they bring so much joy into our lives. I love my dog more than anything, and I know that I’m not alone in that feeling.

I could go on and on about why I love my dog, but I’ll just end with this: Dogs are the best thing in the world, and I love mine with all my heart. Thanks for reading!

Falling in love with your dog FAQS

Why do I love my dog so much it hurts?

Some people love their dogs so much it hurts because they feel intense and unconditional love for them. This love is often stronger than any other kind of love that they have experienced before. Dogs are loyal and loving creatures, and they provide their owners with a sense of companionship that is unmatched by anything else. So it’s no wonder that some people love their dogs more than anything else in the world!

Why do I love my dog more than humans?

There are a lot of reasons why people love their dogs more than other humans. Dogs are loyal, loving, and always happy to see us. They never criticize or judge us, and they always make us feel loved and appreciated. In addition, dogs provide us with companionship and unconditional love, which is something that many people crave in their lives.

Why do I like the smell of my dog?

Some people love the smell of their dog because it reminds them of home and family. Dogs have a natural, comforting scent that is unique to them, and many people find it soothing and calming. In addition, the smell of dogs can help to reduce stress levels and calm the mind.

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