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Do dogs have emotions?

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Chris Blount, May 19, 2009.

Do dogs have emotions?

  1. Yes

    0 vote(s)
  2. No

    133 vote(s)
  3. Not sure

    5 vote(s)
  1. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

    Nov 3, 2006
    I agree that dogs have emotions and express those emotions very well, but I think we often interpret those emotions in human terms and not in canine terms, which can have different motivators/ what triggers those emotions or just mimic the signs of human emotions, so we call it "love" . In dogs, their actions may have all behaviors of human love, but is it really love as human know it? We fall in love based on a lot of factors, looks, perosonality, interests, etc. Dogs exhibit what looks like love not because we have a great sense of humor, the color of our eyes, or that we are just a wonderful human being. Dogs exhibit the behavior that looks like because we take care of thier basic needs and then some, treats, companionship (members of the pack) and other things that are important to canines that we might not even be aware of.
    It's a doggy thing, not a human thing.:)
  2. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

    Nov 3, 2006
    It may not be the clothes so much as it is the attention she gets (it's a pack thing). Also it could be she likes wearing clothes because she is cold and the clothes make her warmer (it's a comfort/survival thing). Who knows, but to attribute it to a high sense of fashion...well.:lol:

    As far as the conditioning aspect goes, whether we know it or not it plays a major role in our lives.....we are right there with Skinners rats.:hurah:
  3. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 22, 2001
    OK, so I know the identity of the 3 "No" votes and they haven't replied here yet. Come on guys, speak up and defend yourself. :)
  4. elaclair

    elaclair Rescued Racers Live Here

    Jun 18, 2004
    Del Mar, CA

    You'll need to say "Sit! Stay! Speak!" before you'll hear from them....
  5. Greg Alsobrook

    Greg Alsobrook Lifetime Achiever

    Apr 1, 2007
    Haha! Agreed! :)
  6. machavez00

    machavez00 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 2, 2006
    That would be the wife. I forgot to mention I look at them and say "mind tricks don't work on me dog"
  7. Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    This is why I asked if anyone doubts that newborn [babies] have emotions, but I don't think anyone took up this discussion here...

    Babies can't communicate spoken words, yet no one doubts the babies have emotions!

  8. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    They exhibit fierce loyalty which I don’t think can exist with emotion. Is it emotions like ours? Don’t know but they certainly have emotions of some kind.

  9. Greg Alsobrook

    Greg Alsobrook Lifetime Achiever

    Apr 1, 2007
    It was an excellent analogy Drew. And I just didn't have much to add. You said it well my friend... :)
  10. roadrunner1782

    roadrunner1782 Icon

    Sep 27, 2008
    Of course dogs have emotions!
  11. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

    Nov 3, 2006
    Talk about strange coincidences. Yesterday afternoon I took my two aussies to the dog park. After a couple of hours I went to my to get something and I saw this girl standing out there with the cutest little dog, so I went up to pet it and I started talking to her. It turns out that she is a certified Animal Behaviorlist. This was around 4pm, we talked about what was being posted on this thread, our observation of some the owners and their dogs in the dogpark, and other things. I didn't leave the park until 6:30pm (I got to the park around 1:30m). It was a very interesting discussion, and I will post some of it later, but in a nutshell she said that anyone who thinks that dogs don't have emotion just doesn't know dogs. She also agreed with my approach that I have outlined in my posts.
    Anyway I gotta run, but I'll try to post her thoughts later.
  12. sideswipe

    sideswipe Legend

    Dec 4, 2008
    I've always felt the same way, I guess people that don't feel this way never bonded with their dogs.
  13. DawgLink

    DawgLink Woof Woof Woof

    Nov 5, 2006
    Washington, DC
    Wheh, I am glad this poll turned out the way it did because I was about to ask those who voted NO whether they had a dog

    My lab of course is emotional. I see it every day in good and bad ways :D
  14. richlife

    richlife Hall Of Fame

    Dec 4, 2006
    Joining back in the discussion a bit late, but love the story BubblePuppy (I have had similar experiences) and agree with all that you've said. Dogs have emotions, but they aren't "human" emotions. Their emotions, like ours, are a complex set of responses/reactions to experience and genetics. Regardless, my "boy" Dante, is not my son, but truly is my friend. Again, I think that's where we agree.

    I have a tendancy to prefer "independent" dogs (Affenpinscher, Malamute, etc.) partly because their personality appears less limited by traits bred into them. I think their demonstrations of "affection" are more determined by their own choice rather than breeding -- more like a cat. But ALL dogs are bred to share and enjoy human company, taking their desire to be with you as a sort of human "love" isn't rational. On the other hand, I think Dante shows dog "love" when he jumps into my lap, puts his head on my shoulder and heaves a huge sigh of contentment. That, to me, is an indication of dog "affection" as opposed to a learned reaction -- especially since it's not an "every opportunity" experience. He does it when he wants to.

    Edit: BTW, I keep waiting for the day that Dante (14 months) jumps up on the toilet seat and squats to eliminate -- he certainly watches carefully enough. Unfortunately, I also think it's going to be a long wait...
  15. richlife

    richlife Hall Of Fame

    Dec 4, 2006
    So, Drew -- this is just fuel on the fire ;). Babies have similar experiences to puppies (of course) which results in behavior we define as emotions. Just like puppies, they show "emotion" based on their nurturing in the uterus and their instincts (cuddle and nuzzle and you get fed) and they also learn how to behave based on how they are treated and taught (trained). Seems the same to me.
  16. Jason Nipp

    Jason Nipp Analog Geek in a Digital World Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Gold Club DBSTalk Club

    Jun 10, 2004
    I'm bored and am ready to go home emotion..........


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  17. richlife

    richlife Hall Of Fame

    Dec 4, 2006
    :lol: I've definitely seen that one!

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