Getting Started Week 31 - Fact or Fiction?
Do pets really love us unconditionally? Fiction. If dogs
live with humans and know the human provides food, shelter, and other
valuables - i.e. what's needed for survival - then dogs are smart enough
to show deference to survive. Deference may look like unconditional love
to humans. Canines in the wild show deference and devotion to pack
leaders and other higher ranking members in a pack. Dogs are social pack
members, but is this true love?
Do dogs experience the same emotions we feel? Fact. If you
look at the canine brain, it is very similar to the human brain with a
limbic system which is the emotional center. Human behavioral
medications are used and effective in canines. We don't know for sure
but it appears that dogs experience joy,
humor, love, jealousy, anger, fear, confusion, stress, playfulness,
silliness, attention seeking, etc.
Are some dogs are more bonded to their owners than others?
Fact. Dogs bond to their owners
more strongly when they learn to trust them and enjoy time with
them. Dogs also bond more when they connect their owners to valued
resources such as feeding, walks, affection, companionship, and praise.
Dogs bond more to their owners with ongoing positive training
experiences that challenge the pet mentally as well as physically.
We get the dog we deserve! So, if your dog is not
the dog of your dreams, go get a newspaper and hit yourself over the
head for not learning how to be a better pet parent!
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