All About Pets: Does My Dog Know I Love Him?

No matter how much stress you feel from work, when you go home to your pooch, he or she probably never fails to de-stress and cheer you up. In turn, you probably love him or her, much like another family member. However, despite all the affection, at the back of your mind you probably ask, “Does my dog know I love him?”.

This is a question almost every dog owner asks as they look into their pet’s eyes, probably when they’re sad or after giving them a treat. Today, we are featuring an article all about understanding your pet’s feelings and signals.



Do Dogs Feel The Same Emotions As Humans?

Like us humans, from unusually tiny dogs that don’t grow to your regular sized ones, dogs feel basic emotions as a reaction to external stimuli. Much like how our brain makes us feel hunger, pain, excitement and the like, your dog’s brain similarly works that way as well.

As babies, we only register a few emotions from birth. However, as we grow older, we slowly start to develop other emotions and feelings aside from excitement. During the early stages of a child, usually from one to two years old, that child develops emotions such as distress, contentment, disgust, fear, joy and anger.


When the baby wants to poo or pee, they express distress.

Once they get they daily dose of milk, they feel contentment, especially after burping. However, it is only until later on that a child experiences shyness, love/affection then shame, pride, guilt or contempt.

This is because, these are complex emotions that aren’t only reactions to external stimuli. These are emotions we associate with experiences. Your pooch also goes through the same process. However, they stop at affection.

So, Does Your Dog Feel Love For You?


And so the big question is: does your dog feel love for you? There isn’t a lot of scientific studies to support the answer to this question. However, there are two major hormones involved in producing these feelings for humans: oxytocin and vasopressin.

  • A recent study shows that when tested through an fMRI, a dog’s caudate nucleus is activated when they sniffed a scent of their owner’s scent compared to the scent of other dogs and humans.
  • Moreover, there was also an increased brain activity producing more oxytocin when dogs are around their owners. This is the same hormone induced after hugging or kissing a loved one, or even after intercourse.
  • The oxytocin is basically the “love hormone”, which triggers love or affection, pleasure and attachment. So, technically, yes. Our dogs may not grasp completely how love works for humans same as we do, but they feel “love” for us.

Interpreting Your Dog’s SIgnals


Now that the big question is solved, the only thing left to do is understanding our dog’s signals and reciprocating them. Just because you aren’t sure if your pet feels the same emotions as you, doesn’t mean you don’t have to reciprocate.

  • Funnily, it is proven that our dogs have the ability to sense our emotions strongly. This is also why when you’re in a good mood, your dog can be very playful. However, if you feel sad or stressed, you would probably just see him or her taking a spot next to you, nuzzling you.
  • We human, should also do the same. If your dog’s eyes look bright and his/her tail is wagging, it’s probably time for a walk or a game. If he/she makes unusual noises, maybe he or she is feeling uncomfortable. Try taking your pooch out for a potty break.
  • And finally, if your dog seems to be avoiding you or even food and treats, a little hug, pet and kiss would probably help ease his/her sadness. Don’t be afraid to try talking to your dog, even if you know they won’t answer in human language.

Dogs associate words and sounds with experiences. Chances are, when you tell him or her you love him while looking into their eyes, they understand. They can and will feel your love.

Bottomline: Unconditional Love


Whether or not it is scientifically proven that our dogs love us, either as a friend, family or owner, it can’t be denied that our dogs care for us. It is probably because you feed and bathe him regularly or give him treats, but isn’t it quite the same for us humans as well?

We feel a strong sense of attachment to people who also care for us. In turn, our dogs try their best to protect us and even shower us with affection when they sense that we are upset. At the end of the day, your pooch deserves your love, unconditionally.

Roy Jr.

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