It is hard for humans when the loved one is not there every day, but it’s even harder for dogs to deal with that. The sweet pooch from the next video has been waiting for his owner, who is an airman, for months. When the guy finally got home after such a long absence, the dog was ready to jump through the window. Their excitement is so contagious, you can’t help but smile. These two made my day. Please, enjoy, and SHARE this video with your friends.
For two years, the researches have been training dogs to go into an MRI to better understand how their brains work. They found proof that canines do have strong feelings for their owners. When experiencing joy, love or loss, the chemical processes in their brains are very similar to the humans’ ones.
Another set of questions arose: can dogs tell the difference between 5 minutes and 5 hours? In 2011, Therese Rehn and Linda Keeling reported that after 2 hours of being left alone, dogs greeted their owners with more intensity than after 30 minutes. However, there was no difference between 2 and 4 hours. Anything beyond 2 hours is unclear.
Humans can tell time by the height of the sun during the day and the moon at night, the temperature, the sounds of birds in the morning and owls at night. It turns out that dogs possess these abilities as well. Animals have internal circadian rhythms, which are partly coupled to the day/night cycle but also free run. Cortisol and melatonin, for example, rise and fall in regularity, providing an internal clock. And a dog can likely tell the passage of time by the signs such as hunger in his belly.
Dogs’ attachment to us is reinforced by associative memory. Through repetition, a dog learns to associate his owner with good stuff like food, play, bonding. Even when extinguished, prior associations are easily reestablished, suggesting that these associative memories never really go away.
In conclusion, it is clear that dogs miss their owners, but their love never fades away, even if their favorite person is missing for a long time.