But others have their doubts about that bond -- specifically, they wonder whether dogs have the capacity to feel love as we know it, and whether their affectionate behaviors have more to do with the fact that we provide them with food and shelter rather than with the L word. Berns suggests that the question of whether dogs truly love their humans depends on the dog and on the person. Is that love? I would call it that, yes. We call it that in humans. Researchers, including Berns, are exploring that very question in order to determine if some furry friends may make better service dogs than others.
Studies support the theory that dogs do feel the warm-and-fuzzies for their humans -- even more so than for their animal friends.
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