Do visits to the park include your pooch playing with their doggo bestie? Or perhaps they’ve found puppy love with their boyfriend or girlfriend? Cue Lady and the Tramp vision.
While it might seem silly to think dogs can love each other, there is some science to support this adorable affection. Research published in Psychology Today by Doctor Stanely Coren states that as dogs have the same neurology and chemistry as people it is not unreasonable to suggest they also have emotions similar to our own.
Additional research has also found that dogs possess the same mental and emotional capability of two-year-old children. Therefore, just as toddlers can feel and show love to others, it is reasonable to conclude that dogs can love other dogs too.
Further to this, recent research found that a dogs oxytocin levels (the love hormone), increase after a dog had engaged with their furry girlfriend/boyfriend.
Using their scent detection system, a dog can understand a lot about their fellow furry friends, including their age, pheromones, gender, health, mode and stage of the menstrual cycle. Dogs search for a companion with a compatible scent, meaning the next time your pooch gives another dog a sniff, remember they may be searching for their next BFF!