A study published Wednesday in Science Advances reveals that dog genes made them especially open to domestication and hypersocial behavior. In short, the scientists report that genetic mutations leave dogs in a state of childlike social and cognitive development, where they seek out contact and attention. Aside from the fact that we give them food and belly rubs, there was no compelling science before this study that explained why dogs like us so much.
Animal experts frequently attribute the loyalty of dogs to a shared history. Canis lupus familiaris and homo sapiens have evolved together. The link between the two species dates many, many years back.
Researchers first theorized that dogs as we know them today evolved from wolves after they began cohabiting with humans. However, more recent studies have found a different conclusion. Experts now believe that dogs split off from their wolf ancestors approximately 135,000 years ago — before dogs or wolves started living with humans.
My dogs have been my most loyal friends and constant companions. I’ve always known that Daddy or Junior or one of my other pack members was always there for me. They didn’t care about whether I was famous; they just loved me for me. And I love them. If you saw my recent video against bullying, you heard me talk about my very humble beginnings. When I was a kid, I was poor, I didn’t have a lot of friends, but I could always count on my dogs. But can our dogs count on us?
But that cannot explain everything. After all, your dog still loves you when you return from a long vacation and you have not been feeding them during that time. And what about Hachito, the loyal dog who used to greet his owner each day at the train station after work – and continued to wait for him for nine years after he died? Neither pack instincts nor reciprocal relationships can explain that. But something else might.
They were right. Not only did dogs react more strongly to the scent of their owners, the part of the brain associated with enjoyment and positive emotions lit up when they were given their owner’s scent. Your loyal dog does recognise you. The same patterns in humans would usually be associated with love.
Dogs’ loyalty to humans stems from the shared past of the two species. After the domestication of the dog, the species and humans began to change together. Consequently, the two species developed an understanding that no other species, including higher order primates, shares with humans.
For ages, dogs have been man’s best friend. But it turns out canines would drop humanity for artificial intelligence in a second if offered a treat. A new study in Animal Cognition found that dogs interacted with robots similar to how they would with humans if those robots seemed ‘social’. The researchers conducted their experiment by having a robot point out hidden food to a dog and measuring their reactions to the robots directions.
Dogs also demonstrate amazing empathy towards humans. Researchers explored how dogs would react to their owners being upset, along with complete strangers. What they found won’t surprise you. When their owner, or a complete stranger cried, the dog would show increased interest as opposed to them humming or talking. The dog would sniff, nuzzle and lick both owners and strangers alike. The dog would also present as calm and submissive
Like any human – if you show caring toward them, they will return the emotion. Have you ever experienced a bad day, or have you been sick in bed? Who was the first one to crawl up on the bed and protect you? Who is the first one, to sprawl across your lap and give you those big loving eyes? Dogs. Dogs are naturally affectionate. They are used to operating in a pack, as a family, and want to create a bond with you for the long-haul. They want to be loved, just like the next human, and they’ll do anything to feel that love.
The fact is that when someone depends on you they have to be loyal to you. Your friends will never depend on you and you truly don’t want friends that depend on you too much as it is not good for either party. But dogs are happily dependent on their owners and it’s natural for them. This is one reason that skeptics think that dogs are faithful for. But instead of taking it as a negative point you should take it as a guarantee that your dog will always be loyal to you. Sadly humans don’t come with such guarantee
In 1903, Bud accompanied owner Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson on the first automobile journey from coast to coast. In just sixty-three and a half days, man and beast bravely journeyed from San Francisco to New York city, well before highways and service stations changed the American landscape forever