Why do we get attached to dogs

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

Humans are emotional beings

Dogs are amazing creatures. They are smart, lovable and loyal.
We humans sometimes get attached to dogs the same way we get attached to humans. For some of us dogs are not considered just pets but they are considered important family members.

The first thing you need to know is that we humans are emotional beings. We get attached to many things including non-existing ones such as fictional characters and superheroes. In my article Why we get attached to fictional characters i said that our emotional needs and the pleasant feelings we experience when we see fictional characters can make us become attached to them.

So the first point you need to realize is that once someone or something targets our emotional needs in a certain way then we will get attached to them. Because each person is different and because each person has their own unique needs people end up getting attached to totally different things and different types of people. See Why do we have types

This is why in my book How to make someone fall in love with you i said that once you understand people's emotional needs you will easily be able to attract them to you.

Why do we get attached to dogs

So why do we get attached to dogs?
Here are some possible reasons:

  • 1) They love us unconditionally: Dogs love humans unconditionally. They feel happy when they see us, they feel bad when we leave them and they care about us a lot. The fact that dogs make us feel loved is one of the important reasons we get attached to them. This is also one of the reasons why we humans, or at least most of us like children. See why we love babies Why do People love babies so much
  • 2) The cuteness factor: Many breeds of dogs can be classified as cute breeds. In my article Why cats are so popular on the internet i explained how cuteness can lead to the popularity of an animal or a person.
  • 3) Our desire to be protectors: When we see a cute helpless little dog we feel like we want to protect them. This desire to be the protector of someone or something gets us more attached to dogs and various pets
  • 4) Getting used to them: In my article Why do we like the ones we see often i said that we get used to the people we see often to the extent that we might start liking them. Once you get used to someone or something attachment happens. See also How to not get attached to a person
  • 5) They want nothing but us: Dogs seem to need nothing but a caring partner. They do their best to please their owners and they become extremely happy when their owners are around. This makes dogs very lovable to us humans

Attachment to dogs is normal

Attachment to dogs is a normal thing. There is nothing wrong with you if you are very attached to your dog. In fact many studies have shown that dog owners have some good personality traits such as loyalty and extroversion.

Some studies have shown that women tend to find men with dogs more attractive.

As long as your attachment to your dog is normal and as long as it's not affecting any other areas of your life badly then it can be considered a healthy attachment.

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