Summary of “Why Do Dogs Love Us? Science Explains”

You’re not just imagining it: There’s substantial research to support the claim that dogs truly adore their owners.
While we don’t know exactly how long ago humans started domesticating dogs, some scientists think our friendship could go as far back as 40,000 years.
“Of course dogs love their people!” animal behavior consultant Amy Shojai tells Inverse.
By utilizing functional magnetic resonance imaging scans – which measure brain nerve cell levels – the researchers got an inside look at how dogs responded to their humans’ scent versus familiar dogs, unfamiliar dogs, and unfamiliar people.
As Inverse previously reported, researchers at the University of York recently found that dogs respond more positively to dog-directed speech than when we talk to them like people.
Scientists had 37 dogs listen to people talking to them in “Dog-speak” – that high-pitched voice, coupled with “Dog-relevant” phrases.
Participants would then talk to dogs in a flat done about ordinary things.
The dogs overwhelmingly preferred dog-speak, which the researchers compared to the way people talk to babies.

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