There are theories that float around our world that suggest dogs come from wolves. People believe that about 33,000 years ago, dogs and wolves have evolved from similar ancestors, which is why they are very much similar today. Way back then, the ancestors of dogs and people have always kept each other company.
According to M.B. Lachlei, a writer for cuteness.com, it was discovered that dog ancestors did best when they were around human settlement. The benefits also reached humans as they also found the ancestors of dogs to be helpful, good alarm systems and good hunters. It’s important to recognize that not all of the ancestors of dogs and wolves were social. Those who chose to interact with humans became what we know today as dogs and those who didn’t interact with humans are what are known today as wolves. Over the course of thousands of years, dogs have developed a quality trait that has been widely recognized today, their loyalty.
Dogs have learned to travel in packs but not always with a pack of other dogs. Dogs have considered their human to be a part of their pack. The second you walk out that door to start off your day, your dog is confused. Thoughts race through their mind and they can’t help but wonder why you left the “pack” because they will most certainly never leave you.
Right when you come home and you unlock the door, your dog comes racing to the door right before you could make your way inside. Gregory Berns, a neuroscientist, explained to io9 that “there’s a special place in the brain just for us. What we’re finding with the imaging work is that dogs love their humans—and not just for food. They love the company of humans simply for its own sake.”
Have you ever seen that movie called “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey”? It was about two dogs, Chance and Shadow, and one cat, Sassy, who had to stay on a ranch while their owners were away. After a while, they started to miss their owners and feared that they had abandoned them. They go through a whole journey just to reconnect with Peter, their human. This movie shows that animals are incredibly loyal and will do whatever to see their humans again.
According to Attila Andics, the lead researcher on a study that focused on vocal communication between dogs and humans, discovered that, “dogs are the only species that when frightened, worried, or anxious, run to their humans for comfort, just like children do. They are also the only species that seek eye-contact with their humans.”
Dogs rely on their human for any kind of support rather than relying on their own kind and they will always rely on their owner because us humans have a special place in their hearts. People always wonder if their dog loves them back. “I’ve seen many dogs who just like being around their person. They crave the attention, they crave the contact and they will choose that over food. Is that love? I would call it that, yes.” Berns tells Huffington Post.
Dogs have been by humans side for almost 33,000 years and has remained loyal ever since. It looks as though dogs will be here for a very long time providing emotional support and love. Humans should give back love and protection as well.