Nowadays, it is increasingly common for people to own a pet, irrespective of their status: nationality, gender, age, social status, area of residence. Pets make humans’ lives more exciting and interesting, as the interaction between them is, considering past facts and data, unprecedented. However, dogs have noticed a preference towards dogs about other pets, such as cats, parrots, hamsters, and others. What is causing this tendency to choose dogs, however? Why do humans prefer dogs over other pets?
Dogs have an innate sense of loyalty. Dogs evolved from wolves, which are pack animals. Thus dogs are pack animals (pack animals means that they live in a pack together). Loyalty is dogs’ natural behavior, and they prefer company and a “social life” to be alone. Their loyalty is also a survival strategy when one depends on the other to survive. Thus, domestication and evolution of wolves into our widely known dogs today proffered dogs’ ancestors’ loyalty traits as well.
The loyalty dogs have for their owner is indisputable. Everyday examples of dog loyalty include the dog being sympathetic to their owner’s difficulties, looking them in the eye, leaning on them, sleeping with them, and more. The loyalty dogs offer to their loved ones, whether humans or other dogs, is unique and inimitable. It is one of the primary reasons humans tend to opt for dogs compared to other pets that do not show the same loyalty to their owners.
Dogs are loving
There has been exhaustive research about why do dogs love humans so much and vice versa. A behavioral scientist reported to Inverse that a multiplicity of hormones are released both in dogs’ and humans’ brains when they are around each other or interact somehow. These happy hormones cement the relationship between the two species, thus forming a loving bond between them.
Dog owners have reported that their dog is one of the most if not the most important member of their family and that they adore them. Owners cannot deny this; dog owners and dog lovers seem to get extremely excited when they are around dogs, and they cannot think of anything other than play with them. This is not by any means coincidental. In contrast to other pets who do not show the same response during their interaction with humans, dogs are loving and loyal, and they would never intend to hurt their owner by any means; dogs only want their owners to be healthy and happy!
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It might sound a little weird, but dogs can indeed help their owners with several jobs. Usually, this can be done more easily and manageably by trained and educated dogs, but that does not mean that a common pet dog cannot perform these tasks. Dogs can take the rubbish to the bin, deliver items, move them from one place to another, and even search for lost items! This, of course, cannot be done by any other animal, not only because they lack the motivation but also because they do not obtain the physical characteristics and strength to do house chores.
Dogs protect and guard their owner and their property.
It is not a secret that dogs would do anything in their power to protect their owner in case of an emergency. It is widely known that dogs have been used to guard people and properties for centuries now. Humans consider dogs to be one of the best, if not the best, possible guards they could “hire.”
Dogs, as mentioned above, have an innate sense of unity and family. They prefer being in a group which they can trust and love unconditionally. This is also why dogs tend to protect humans from -what they believe is- threats and invaders. They love their owner and family to such an extent that they would risk and sacrifice their lives to protect them! This can be again attributed to their natural behaviors derived from wolves.
Other animals are totally unable to fight for their owner. It is much more likely that they will surrender or hide from any possible potential threat. Dogs, on the other hand, as mentioned above, guard and protect their owner even if it means risking their lives for it! Isn’t this fascinating?
Dogs are more easily controllable.
It is commonly known that dogs are very much controllable and can be much more easily handled than other animals. Other pets, such as cats, birds, snakes, hamsters, and more, tend to be wild, uncontrollable, unmanageable, obstinate, peevish, and naughty. Dogs, on the other hand, especially those who have been trained, are more manageable and can adhere and follow the instructions and commands of their owner, without second thoughts!
Other inimitable dogs’ traits
Other dogs’ traits that other animals and pets lack include vicarious benefits, such as the dog being an excuse to exercise and get out of the house every day, making new friends more responsible, caring, loving, and many more. Dog owners, on average, are fitter, more social, more responsible, and loving, and that is scientifically proven! Dogs are also less “dangerous” than other animals -towards their owner-dog owners do not risk being scratched or bitten by their do compared to a cat, bird, and hamster owners.
On the whole, dogs are the best choice as far as pet adoption is concerned. They are loyal, protective, loving, and vicariously beneficial for their owners, whether that includes more daily exercise or property protection and security. In comparison to other animals, dogs have the upper hand in almost all aspects. As mentioned before, dogs act and are a member of the family. They love and care about their owner as much or even more than their own family does! Other animals lack or are totally devoid of such traits! Thus, it is due to the nature of dogs that humans love them and prefer them over other pets.
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