Check out this great article featured in the New York Times about a few dog-loving scientists who have trained dogs to go in an M.R.I. scanner – awake and unrestrained – to help us better understand what’s dogs think.
Not only is their research pretty interesting, but they also bring up some neat points. If dogs DO have the ability to experience positive emotion, like love and attachment, (which their research suggests is true), that would mean dogs have a level of sentience comparable to that of a child.
Legally, dogs are considered property – or an object that can be disposed of as long as reasonable care is taken to minimize their suffering. That classification seems terribly wrong. This great research helps demonstrate what most dog owners already know – that dogs are capable of love. We should work together to ensure that every dog has a loving family and is cared for properly.