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Do dogs have feelings ? Some observations an article

Updated on May 17, 2012

My Gizmo

The dog to the right is our baby his name is Gizmo. He is mama's boy for the most part but he seems to love all of us.

She would cry

The picture to the right here is the one that inspired this article.

The child is my youngest. The dog is my Ariel she was a Rat terrier and yorkie mix. Gone now and that still makes me sad.

She would cry. Ariel was daddy's dog When I was out of town for work she would lay by the door and not eat. She had to be in whatever room I was always. But most of all any time I raised my voice she would cry . Tears would run down her cheeks. Another thing she did that made us think was when her sister had a litter of pups she had no idea what to do she was panicked. All at once Ariel ran into the basement with us and jumped into the kennel and showed her sister how to clean and take care of the pups.After about 20 minutes she left and her sister took over doing just fine.

My point is I can not believe she did not have emotions . I know in my heart that she loved me unconditionally.

What do the experts say

This picture in my wife's pride and joy Max.

In searching the net I found a mix of opinions on the subject and my opinion would be yes they have feelings , And here is why.

Any Dog owner can look at their dog and know instantly how the dog feels.

I have had the pleasure of knowing a few humans with severe learning disabilities who had an inelegance of about a three or four year old child. I have also raised two kids and I know at two or three they had feelings.

The experts say dogs are as smart as a two or three year old .So if that is true then dogs should have emotions.

I have also heard stories of dogs sharing food with a injured person or fighting of wild animals to protect a child. I had a shepherd when I was about 5 that would take my belt loop and gently pull me back into the yard if I got to close to the street.

For these reasons I have to believe dogs have feelings and that the strongest of these is love.

Please comment on why you agree or disagree.


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      bmcoll3278 5 years ago from Longmont, Colorado

      Thanks a bunch

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi bmcoll3278 nice well written hub and i do agree with you. I have had dog for most of my life and can tell you they have feeling and emotions and can be happy and sad just like us.

      Vote up and more !!!

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      bmcoll3278 5 years ago from Longmont, Colorado

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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      bmcoll3278 5 years ago from Longmont, Colorado

      Thanks a lot

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      bmcoll3278 5 years ago from Longmont, Colorado

      Thank you

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      SmartAndFun 5 years ago from Texas

      I have to agree with you and cloverleaffarm. I believe dogs do have feelings. I have seen my own dogs feeling happy, sad and fearful, for sure. Thanks for an interesting and thought-provoking hub!

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Dogs have feelings. You can see it in their eyes. They can't vocalize their emotions like us humans, but they are there. They know when you are sick, and need cheering up. They know when you are sad, and need a good cuddle. Heck, many humans don't even know when you need a good hug.

      I think dogs feel loneliness, sadness, compassion, joy, as well as several others.