Brain Scan Reveals Your Dog Really Does Love You.
We've always known that our dogs love us. We can nearly read their minds from the way they kiss us, jump on us with excitement, and wag their tails with joy. But what are they really thinking? What exactly is going on between those furry ears? Now it's possible to know almost exactly what our beloved canines are thinking with brain imaging technology.
Dogs love us more than they love dogs!
Scientists found that the smell of a dog's owner literally lights up in the 'reward' center of their brain. After testing just how much dogs love their owners, they discovered that dogs feel the greatest reward from the smell of their human owners over absolutely anything else.
Unlike any other domesticated animal, dogs seek safety from humans.
Our pups are also 'hardwired' to humans the same way that human babies are with their parents. In moments of fear or worry, they'll run to their parents to seek safety. This is unique to dogs because every other type of domesticated pet will run away instead.
We use the same parts of our brains for communicating. No wonder we feel so connected!
Have you ever marveled at the way you're able to communicate with your dog? That's no accident. Our brains are wired in a very similar way to our dog's brain in the way we understand emotion in the sounds we make. For example, higher pitched happy sounds fire off the same parts of both human and canine brains. Now it makes sense why we seem to be able to communicate so well with dogs compared with other animals.
They love to look into our eyes.
This is specifically true for domesticated dogs. Researchers tried to domesticate some wolves to see if they behave the same. It turns out that they don't seek out eye contact in humans the way that dogs do. Weirdly, dogs don't even seek eye contact from their biological dog parents, only from humans.
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