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my husband and i always wonder, do you think our dogs know how much we love them? if they know what fear is wouldn't they know what love is? are we putting too many human emotions in to them?
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I listened to this program on MPR on Tuesday, and it was very interesting....thought you might want to check it out. Personally, I think they probably do know what love is, and their brains are far more complex then we think they are. Although, I do think we measure them through human standards which isn't exactly fair.
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I think they know. I mean a part of it is that we are their pack leader and they depend on us. But how do you explain Jealousy if they don't care about us... If I am cuddling Jasper, Cash is there on my lap in a flash. And all the stories of our Havs coming to comfort us when we are sick or down. This has got to be emotion. Just my two cents...




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I think they do. If they can feel pain, fear, jealousy etc. why wouldn't they feel love. When you look at photos and videos you can see joy in so many of the faces. My DH and I marvel at the pure trust our girls show because they have never known a moment when they weren't loved. They were born into loving hands at their breeders and then they came to us and we love them more than anything.

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I'm not sure if they feel love in the way we humans do, but I do think they have a rudimentary sense of love. It might even be a purer love than humans are capable of since I don't think they get as caught up on little stupid things as we do.

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I love my dog and my dog loves me!
awww. Beautifully, simply put.




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I also believe that dogs feel a full range of emotions, more than they're frequently given credit for. It's very clear when they're scared, annoyed, enjoying themselves, why not love? And from my experience with abused dogs, I'd swear they are able to appreciate the new life they've been given, in a way that dogs who have (fortunately) only experienced love can't even imagine.
I also agree with Amy, I do think we assign those emotions human terms that may not apply. There are so many times I wish we had a more complete form of communication with our pets - I'd love to know what they're thinking (most of the time!)

Most importantly, I need to believe my dogs know how much I love them.

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I'm not sure that dogs understand love, per se, but I know that they are experts on loyalty. I believe that dogs are loyal to us becuase they trust that we, as pack leaders, will protect and provide for the pack. Isn't it sad how often we let them down?

Besides, they haven't figured out how to work the can opener yet. <VBG>
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I think it's more instinct than love, but honestly I don't care what it's called or whether it's been scientifically proven, I love to love him and love to be loved back.

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Aw, c'mon. It's love. I look at the look in Milo's eyes and . . . it has to be love. Or perhaps it's a reflection of what's in my eyes.

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