Can Your Dog Really Love You?

Ask A Vet: Can My Dog Really Love Me?

We all feel our dog’s love, but is there scientific proof that our pets love us? Dr. Kathryn Primm has an answer for us, and it’s a good one!

Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 11.00.54 AM Recently my article Why Does My Dog Lick Me generated some great conversation that I think bears some additional analysis.  One of the reasons that I discuss for licking is social bonding, i.e. familial or friendship love. Part of the buzz was a debate whether the love is so obvious and apparent that it goes without saying, but as a scientist, I like proof and facts. Researchers were able to prove that the hormones associated with the positive feelings (in this case, oxytocin) that we identify as love were increased when dogs saw […]


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