Some people argue that dogs are just hyper actively happy and that their feelings don't differ from their owner to just anyone that feeds them at any given point. That could not be farther from the truth...
"Dr. Gregory Berns, a neuroscientist at Emory University and the author of “What It’s Like to Be a Dog,” discovered that dogs aren’t faking it when they act like they love you. It’s not an act.
Berns and his team confirmed this through a host of tests that looked at different centers of the doggie brain and how they responded to different stimuli. In one test they alternated between giving the pooches hot dogs (the food, not Dachshunds) and offering them praise.
Looking at the pleasure centers of the dogs’ brains, the researchers found that nearly all the dogs responded to “Who’s a good boy?! You are!” (or whatever they actually said) with at least as much pleasure as when they got a Hebrew National. A fifth of the dogs actually preferred praise to food.
Berns concluded that dogs derive as much pleasure from love as from food."
So there you have it, dogs don't just lick you for the salt, they genuinely love you and love the attention they receive from their human. Can we get an "awwwww"?
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