What makes dogs so special? Science says love

By Issam AHMED

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I grew up living with dogs and continue to do so up to this day. Dogs will love you unconditionally and they only ask for so little of us. Unlike humans, If they don't like you, they don't like you and if they like you, they like you. I really want to believe that God sent them to show us what life really means.

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What makes dogs so special? 

If you have to ask, you'll never understand the answer.....

That means rejecting brutal, pain-based training methods like choke collars based on debunked understandings of "dominance" popularized by celebrity trainers who demand dog owners become "pack leaders."

There's a lot of misunderstanding about the term 'pack leader'. The pack leader isn't the one who enforces obedience through brutality, pain and choke collars. The pack leader is the one with access to The Good Things In Life - food, treats, walks, toys, ear scratches, tummy rubs and cuddles - and who teaches the dog how to get those Good Things.

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There's a popular saying, cats rule, dogs drool.

It's true that dogs drool, that being said, dogs also give unconditional love to their owners. All they want is to love and be loved. They have saved many people's lives. Some say they are God's gift to mankind.

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I'm a bird person. I don't like dogs much. I don't like their smell, their slobbering, their attitude of gnawing at or eating anything they can get. They are like wolf pups, forever stuck in lupine childhood.

But why do they love me? Sometimes I wish they would love me a little less, especially the slobbering ones...

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Many students visit our house, some who love our whippet and some who don't. He's able to quickly discern between the two - I don't know which sense he uses, probably a combination - and in the latter case, he'll disappear upstairs until the student leaves. Conversely, if a student likes him yet displays aggressive behavior such as pulling his ears or tail, he'll tolerate it. The ability of particularly larger dogs to gauge human behavior is beyond any other animal.

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Love birds and dogs and have had several of both. Every one I've had showed unconditional love and helped brighten even the darkest of days. Don't have kids but my pets were like my children.

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I like cats, but god, can they be lazy. And once they've had their food, they don't give a damn.

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