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Do you think our dogs know how much we love them?

Do you think our dogs know how much we love them? I often look at Django when he's sleeping on his back, paws up in the air, not a care in the world. I know he feels safe but I often wonder if he know how important he is to us. I think they do.
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I don't think that kind of thinking is part of a dogs emotional vocabulary. They feel safe, they feel happy, they feel playful. I don't think they are capable of being insightful about human motivations or feelings.

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I don't think that kind of thinking is part of a dogs emotional vocabulary. They feel safe, they feel happy, they feel playful. I don't think they are capable of being insightful about human motivations or feelings.
I agree they don't have the level of insight that humans do, but they certainly are capable of forming strong enmotional attachments to specific people.


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Don't know if this worked but I just found a very interesting video on this very topic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CrzpL20_8c
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The video was interesting but what it showed was that dogs show attachment to us NOT that they know how much we are attached to them! Again, I do believe dogs can "love" us. I do not believe they can perceive OUR feelings about them. They have no insight into human motivations or emotions. They do recognize and remember our behavior, but not our feelings.

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Marc Beckoff is probably the most recognized expert in the field of animal emotions. You can find a number of his writings in Psychology Today. I will venture to say the answer to your question is no. This is a field that is very interesting and you would like his book ... https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...ves_of_Animals

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