Thread: Dog Question
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Old 12-12-2016, 11:28 AM
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IMHO, animals (including humans) do most or all of their thinking on an emotional level. Basically "gut checks" for most interactions. We humans have an extra special level of cognition and communication that interacts with our emotions, giving us more complex emotions. And of course we have opportunities to be very rational and analytic, essentially trying to rise above our emotional thinking. Mostly I believe we think semi-rationally. With dogs, it's way toward the emotional side of the spectrum.

In short, my answer to the OP is that dogs mostly only have love* (and hate and fear and desire and ...) bouncing around in their brains.

*Love meaning like, have positive feelings for, have loyalty for, etc. Without human complications.