People have been reading emotions in their dogs for ages. Wagging tails tell us that our dogs are open for interaction, and their persuasive looks mean that they want attention or some treats. The way dogs develop human-like emotions and behavior has always been a subject of scientific research. Studies have shown that dogs have all the same brain structures that produce emotions in humans, and there are a number of ways in which our dogs show us their love.
1. Gazing into your eyes.
One of the ways in which dogs say “I love you” is staring directly into your eyes. Scientists have found out that by gazing into our eyes dogs develop strong emotional bonds with humans, just like people do when looking into each other’s eyes. This human-like mode of communication was probably acquired by dogs during domestication, increasing the oxytocin (the social hormone) level in both dogs and their owners.
2. Bringing you their toys.
If your dog brings you its favorite toy, you can be sure that the love your pet has for you is strong and unconditional. Dogs are very possessive about their toys, bones, and other chews and they would normally protect them from others. So, if your dog proudly offers you its toy or bone and even pushes it forward encouraging you to take it, it means your pet trusts you, loves you, and feels safe when you are near.