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You don’t need to own a dog to understand the bond between a dog and a human. Just the sight of a dog will melt your heart and make you think like you’re cuddling a baby – your baby.
Clearly, dogs are unbelievably precious to all humans, and are possibly the only beings that can touch our lives and enter our hearts as our best friends. These miracle creatures never fail to warm our souls with their bubbly eyes. So, the question comes up – how do they manage to melt the coldest of hearts with just a simple eye contact? How do they manage to win a human’s love using their own immense love for him?
They share a common language without sharing a common language
Dog parents commonly tend to coddle their “fur babies”, talking to them like they would any other infant or toddler. While they may not understand what it means when you tell them you fought with your best friend, they definitely have a broad sense of perception for your emotions. Without understanding what your fight was about, your dog will sense that you’re frustrated, and that’s all that matters.
In fact, dogs go a step further to not only understand, but also obediently listen to commands like “sit”, “fetch”, and other complex signals that tell them it’s time for their morning walk or treat time. They know the difference between your “who’s my good boy” and a more annoyed “bad boy”.
As if this wasn’t reason enough to develop an unspoken bond with these creatures, humans too can understand dog language better than they know. Unlike with any other pets, they can tell if a dog is hungry, wishes to have some play-time, and if he’s barking out of excitement or out of anger. This two-way communicative bond causes a special kind of affection to develop between the dog and his parent, unlike with any other animal.
Humans and dogs are both considered to be social species. To be a social species means to require contact and interaction with other animals to develop and survive, and live a happy life. This builds a stronger and a more tender connection between the beings than any other, resulting in unparalleled love between them.
Humans learn from and grow by their interactions with other beings. Similarly, the ancestry of dogs shows that since their origin, they have been travelling and hunting in packs. Evolution and their exposure to humans and being surrounded by them caused them to adapt to a different lifestyle, where they fulfilled their social needs with the help of humans.
This causes both of these innately loving creatures to use each other as an outlet to let the affection flow, making one another feel safe and nurtured in each other’s presence. For example, you can fully count on your dog to be a trusted guardian for your infant. This way, the lives and natures of both the creatures become intertwined to condense into one furry ball of happiness, that one can tell his/her dog to fetch for him/her(literally and metaphorically)!
Dogs are genetically built a certain way, and naturally command a melting heart and a cheery mood. They are inherently friendly, excited, and always fully energized and hyped up. Throw them a bone and they’ll be ready to gulp down any and every form of attention that you’re willing to give them (pun intended).
The joyful nature of dogs begs for reciprocation, and it’s impossible for any human to resist a wagging tail and a happy “woof.” To see your little baby trot after you happily can boost your oxytocin level, which is a “love drug” and is released during social bonding and loving situations.The contagious jolly attitude and the physical energy of your dog can, thus, be extremely therapeutic and comforting after a tiring day.
Even if you’re not feeling up to it, your dog will sense your mood and adapt to it. He will notice if you’re upset and sit by you to comfort you, or make eye contact with you to connect with you. These fluffy angels can clearly not be crossed when it comes to forming emotional connections.
Some of you may not have the energy to constantly keep up with an extra-ordinarily playful dog, and that’s okay. God really said “to each his own” when he gave life to these innocent fuzzballs. If you’re confused what that means, take a moment to think about all the intimidating people you’ve met who’ve ever raised dogs. Did the dogs feel intimidating too?
Dogs possess ample genetic plasticity. This means they have great flexibility when it comes to adapting to their particular parent, his/her likes and dislikes, and his/her personality traits. A dog will always become immediately smitten to the parent, but will also at the same time find the “acceptable” ways to express this adoration to his parent.
This eliminates the possibility that a person may not be compatible with his/her dog. Even if he may not be able to forego his nature fully, the dog will always be receptive to what his owner does and doesn’t like. This compatibility strengthens the emotional bond between the dog and his parent.
The relationship between a dog and his parent is a mutual agreement based on love, adoration, and trust. It is just as sentimental as any connection between two humans, if not more. The gentleness of this bond resembles that of a mother and her child, and there is absolutely no visible reason for it to ever weaken. It only grows stronger by the day, and no matter how much anyone ever resists, a dog will always find a way to fill your heart up, just as you will his.
by Maria A Davidson || You can’t buy love, but you can rescue it™ .
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