Have you ever come home to a dog that can’t wait to jump up on your face and say how much it’s missed you? Or the one time you came home, and the house was a mess, or there was a hole in the yard, or a shredded couch, and your dog just gave you the most heart wrenching “I still love you” look?
It’s easy for people who have had dogs their entire lives to say that these animals have emotions, because they’re around them so much that it’s impossible to think otherwise. A dog has good days and bad days, and people who have had them awhile have intuition that suggests that dogs actually have emotions.
While animals having actual emotions has been a touchy issue for some, research has now proven that dogs have emotions just like people do.
Recently the New York Times featured a story focusing on Gregory Berns and his own rescue dog Callie and their strides in taking canine neuroscience to the next level.
Granted, MRIs are scary things for dogs or people. They’re cramped, and you have to lay absolutely still. Berns hired a trainer and together they trained Callie to patiently lay perfectly still in a mock MRI constructed in Berns’ home.
The MRI suggests that dogs have emotions, but since this topic can be so controversial, there is almost guaranteed follow up studies that prove otherwise. But the next time you set a nice cake on the counter, and step out of the room, and come back to a dog with its face covered in frosting with the most satisfied look on its face – think to yourself if you believe the research or not.