We love our dogs as if they are members of our families because to us they are!
We show our dogs we love them in so many ways outside of just their regular care and maintenance, by doing things like buying them special treats and toys. Sometimes it might feel like a one-sided relationship, but dogs love us just as much as we love them!
Because dogs are inherently social animals, they possess an instinct to care for their “pack,” just as wolves rely on the care of their families. In the wild, wolves will often lick each other’s wounds, and dogs retain this instinct. Yes, they may lick your actual wound, but their need to care for you can also extend to simply recognizing when you’re feeling sick, and watching over you.