Another night on the news, I saw a story about two dogs on a busy nyc highway that stopped traffic during rush hour. 1 dog was hit by a vehicle. Police officers stopped traffic and were attempting to get to the wounded dog to get it off the road and into a vet. The uninjured dog was guarding and protecting the wounded dog. The dog, it seemed like a German Shepherd mix ,was barking and chasing away the officers, but it never tried to attack or hurt law enforcement. It turns out the two dogs lived right by the street and the wounded dog is the mother of another dog.
When you’ve been away from home for any period of time, and your dog is mad happy to see you upon your return, is it because he missed you or because he knows there’s someone to feed him? Centurian Services believe the dogs instinct for survival is what pushes him since he see you as his supplier. I can tell you from experience this isn’t the case. We sometimes go away for 3 day weekends. We’ve got a neighbor who enjoys our 3 Dobermans. She’ll come over periodically while we’re gone to feed the dogs and let them play together. All their needs are being supplied however, the 3 puppies still go nuts with joy once we get home.
While its clear that puppies don’t have the identical complex emotions that people experience, they’ve learned to reciprocate the affection we provide them. Dogs become quite attached to their people and lots of dogs could do anything to protect their human family. We all know by a dogs behaviour which they can experience fear and happiness. They have their way of demonstrating those emotions. My Doberman Thunder appears to be terrified of thunder. I know this because he puts his tail and ears and goes to his corner comes to me for comfort. They instinctively know to come to us for peace and comfort. Their mouths are slightly relaxed and open and their body language is apparent. They can be a great comfort to us when we’re upset or sad.
While it could be true that we feature more intricate emotion and human traits to our dogs than they’re capable of, we all know how much our dogs enrich our lives, and we all know we’d miss the dedication and love that they show us daily.