The bond we have with dogs

Marie-Thérèse Walter, Pablo Picasso's muse,  © Gérard Blot/Réunion de Musées Nationaux/Art Resource, NY, Acquavella Galleries.
Marie-Thérèse Walter and a shepherd. © Gérard Blot.

There is definitely something special about the bond we have with dogs. Their ability to read our communicative gestures makes them seem “in tune” with us. And their attentiveness to our every move can’t help but make us feel special. There is one study that shows that dogs would prefer to spend time with humans than their own species, which is unusual for an animal. Every dog owner is familiar with that rise in spirits as a thumping tail greets you at the door, and from the enthusiasm dogs have for us, it’s hard to believe the feeling isn’t mutual.

— Canine behavioral scientist Dr. Brian Hare, in a recent interview featured in Scientific American.

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I love this: Science backing what we already know to be true about our dogs.

Happy weekend, everyone!

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5 thoughts on “The bond we have with dogs

  1. When my newly arrived adoptable Border Collie gives me play bows, verbal “crows,” and seems to dance at my return, then “guards” me where-ever I may be, yep, one knows dogs love us…have a wonderful weekend yourself.

  2. Elka has a “welcome dance” that she goes through, whether you’ve been gone all day, been in the bathroom for 5 minutes, or were sleeping in another room. Such joy she brings to our lives!

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