The term “dog is man’s best friend” was first used back in 1789 by King Frederick of Prussia. He claims to say, “the only, absolute, and best friend a man has in this selfish world, the only one who will not betray or deny him, is his Dog.”
The human-dog relationship was born when ancient wolves discovered that they could scavenge the remains of human kills for more reward and far less risk than hunting themselves. In subsequent generations, their offspring became more dependent on human benefactors, and we took them into our service.
But where are we now? We love Kevin Dickinson’s list of 6 reasons why dogs really are our best friends…all links are at the bottom of this blog. it’s fascinating science stuff.
Dogs see us as family… It turns out that dogs see their humans as family, and the feeling seems to be mutual. Emory University cognitive scientists have shown that the reward center of dogs’ brains lights up the most when they are presented with human scents (even those of food and other dogs). These results reinforced other research showing that dogs act like human voices and that they are the only non-primates that run to humans for protection and comfort.