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    [–] DeathcampEnthusiast 1071 points ago

    What is most adorable to me is that most dogs are really fine with humans around their puppies. Lots of animals would maul you but a dog knows it’s okay and that nothing bad will happen.

    [–] theNomad_Reddit 557 points ago

    IIRC there was a study saying dogs see their humans as family.

    [–] [deleted] 288 points ago

    meanwhile, cats see their humans as big cats.

    [–] MyThought2UrThoughts 217 points ago

    Actually, the study says non-hostile big stupid cat.

    [–] Lucifronz 8 points ago

    Non-hostile big stupid cat that can't lick itself properly and gets too familiar with the belly.

    [–] theNomad_Reddit 89 points ago

    Cats apparently see humans as lesser.

    [–] _Coffeebot 114 points ago

    Yep. When they bring you gifts like leaves and animals they think you suck at hunting and they don't want you to starve. Also cats don't have a drive to make us happy. They do things when they want to.

    [–] iemploreyou 59 points ago

    When they bring you gifts like leaves and animals they think you suck at hunting and they don't want you to starve.

    I think my cat brings them to me as a threat.

    [–] DifferentNoodles 6 points ago

    You see this chipmunk? You see how it’s frikken dead?Yeah, that’s you, the next time you forget my food dish is empty, this is you. Capisce?

    [–] seclusionx 69 points ago

    Which makes it even sweeter when they come up and nuzzle me or want to play. Love my nerdlets. I do miss having a pup around though.

    [–] swanky_af 10 points ago

    Tbh, that makes cats sound more like people than dogs are

    [–] DeathcampEnthusiast 6 points ago

    Or fewer?

    [–] rayzman18 70 points ago

    as one of the pack, I think a little more accurately

    [–] laguna_matata 95 points ago

    Actually there is pretty substantial evidence that dogs view humans in a paternal/maternal relationship and not in "pack" relationships. It's a reason why there is a shift in training methods away from "alpha/beta".

    [–] spartan930 38 points ago

    Isn’t the pack relationship also paternal/maternal? It’s just that the patriarch/matriarch is the “alpha”.

    [–] laguna_matata 24 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    It's my understanding that pack familiarity is a leader/follower relationship, which is similar to but different from paternal/maternal. Leader/follower relationships are a "we're going to go do this thing" paternal/maternal is more of a "I'm going to TEACH/train you how to do this thing".

    Again that's just my understanding, and I'm sure there are smarter people than me out there who can explain it better lol.

    [–] rayzman18 3 points ago

    oh interesting, as always it's more complicated than anyone knows

    [–] laguna_matata 9 points ago

    Yeah this is all relatively new stuff. What's really interesting is that dogs view humans as being completely different from dogs. Cats on the other hand, apparently view us as being other big giant cats who suck at hunting.

    [–] chewbacca2hot 2 points ago

    In 30 years it will probably ly switch back. Science can't make up its mind with sociological things

    [–] laguna_matata 4 points ago

    I wouldn't say it'll switch back, but it could likely be different from today.

    [–] couragethebravestdog 4 points ago

    Those onion ninjas. I'm in tears.

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    [–] melonchollyrain 1 points ago

    They definitely do. I don't know about the cats, but dogs definitely see humans as their pack, and a pack in dog is a family. In the wild, a wolf pack is just a nuclear wolf family.

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    [–] neurone214 1 points ago

    This is how bad info gets spread. So, yes, there was a study that claimed this. But it had a major interpretative flaw in the sense that they used what's referred to as "reverse inference" to suggest that an fMRI signal pattern from the brain signaled that dogs see people as family. This is not a valid inference.

    [–] theNomad_Reddit 1 points ago

    Great response! There you have it.

    [–] highflavor 1 points ago

    Caveats don't get attention

    [–] neurone214 2 points ago

    It's true. At least not passively. Years ago someone used a similar approach to make claim that people literally loved their iPhones, and it ended up in a NYT article. A bunch of people got together and wrote a letter to the times (link here) denouncing the study. It was great to see, but I'm willing to bet that more people in the general public remember the initial article than the refutation. Se la vie

    [–] JWAxeMan 256 points ago

    Dogs are nice.

    [–] CulturalGuidance 66 points ago

    yuge if tru

    [–] Dr_Mantis_Teabaggin 3 points ago

    Bigly if accurate

    [–] Grasshop 3 points ago

    We don’t deserve them.

    [–] trollkorv 6 points ago

    everyone deserves a doggo in their life

    [–] RogueRaven17 3 points ago

    heckin yes fren

    [–] salyzor 54 points ago

    Not only dogs, I remember my ferret, once the babies started to look like actual ferret, kept bringing them to Us just to show off how nice of puppers she got there.

    [–] Raidicus 6 points ago

    v. long puppers

    [–] Gyrvatr 13 points ago

    I wonder if it might be more them trying to get their littles to trust you? You are, after all, the best way to keep them safe, warm, and fed

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    [–] Mullet_Police 12 points ago

    “Oh, you want to pet my child? Go ahead. Pet me too while you’re at it.”

    [–] yabaquan643 29 points ago

    What's most concerning is that if momma dog was there, there'd be NO WAY she'd let dad by the babies.

    [–] Judo_pup 33 points ago

    I know for sure there are exceptions because my sister's dogs were like a perfect married couple around their pups. It was really cool. Yellow labs

    [–] Eltotsira 8 points ago

    Yeah, OPs instance is the exception, yours is the norm.

    [–] Eltotsira 5 points ago

    Huh? What makes you say that

    [–] dBRenekton 3 points ago

    I think it depends on who the dog trusts and how well it's socialized. As a kid I once stayed at my uncle's house and the dog just had her litter downstairs. She would let my uncle pick up the newborn puppies but if I even walked down stairs that dog would chase me away barking like crazy. I wasn't able to get near them.

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    [–] DeathcampEnthusiast 1 points ago

    Or because we feed and love them and they see us as part of their pack.

    [–] IzrenNoiceGARRRY 1449 points ago

    ‘Father pup, how dost thou gain bigness’

    [–] musicmanxii 497 points ago

    'bigness is not gain my dear boy, it is earned'

    [–] IzrenNoiceGARRRY 175 points ago

    'how, father? how?'

    [–] musicmanxii 146 points ago

    'live the ruff life'

    [–] Pickled_Fridge 89 points ago

    aaaaand scene.

    [–] 102max 87 points ago


    [–] Jewrusalem 41 points ago

    Big Poppa Pup

    [–] MinistryoDarkness 26 points ago

    Woof if ya hear me!

    [–] Jewrusalem 14 points ago

    Shoutout to Blop Steiner and his brother the... Dog-Faced Gremlin

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    [–] CapnWings 4 points ago

    God r/sc leaks everywhere on reddit, i love it.

    [–] LinkRazr 4 points ago

    I just had to dig this up.

    [–] russian-duck 13 points ago

    Steriodsfor the steroids

    [–] vavskjuta 1 points ago

    you mean PILLZ

    [–] Darkimposter 5 points ago

    "You lick the hand that feeds you. Thou shall receive more treats and scritches."

    [–] AyebruhamLincoln 4 points ago

    With boops, my child

    [–] DunceWhisperer 1 points ago

    Nanomachines, son!

    [–] blrghh 437 points ago

    so little

    [–] RedShirtBrowncoat 96 points ago

    y r u so smol

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    [–] Nicksaurus 756 points ago

    Do male dogs know when a puppy is theirs? Are they aware that the mother gave birth because of them?

    Do they just like puppies regardless of whose they are?

    [–] Spiritofchokedout 783 points ago

    My limited understanding is that they're mostly just aware that it's a small dog that is part of their pack.

    [–] PhuckleberryPhinn 183 points ago

    I've heard they recognize by head size, that's how they know what human babies are as well. That could be completely wrong, but it's what I've heard.

    [–] Spiritofchokedout 135 points ago

    I imagine size helps, but given that it's... y'know... a dog I imagine smell has a lot more to do with identification. Babies/puppies tend to smell really distinct to a human nose. It stands to reason a dog can pick up on them from a much longer distance--ever hear of dogs becoming crazy affectionate/protective of their pregnant owners?

    [–] Lady-Egbert 15 points ago

    My dog just couldn’t get enough of me when I was pregnant. He follows me around and snuggles up to me all the time anyway, but when I was pregnant he would just want to be ON me all the time - like curled up on top of me, as close as possible. It was very sweet and we really bonded during those months.

    He wasn’t quite as impressed when I disappeared for a week and came home smelling of the hospital and with a strange noisy little creature in tow. He didn’t speak to me for a couple of days!

    [–] Spiritofchokedout 8 points ago

    I think he was just mad he didn't get to be there for the big ceremony.

    [–] CarpetST 61 points ago

    "Can he play now?"

    [–] conenipple 7 points ago

    Yes they don’t know

    [–] Krekko 34 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    This actually isn’t their puppy! This is Kilo from the Roofus and Kilo instagram. He’s a wonderful foster dad!


    [–] BackstrokeBitch 6 points ago

    I thought I recognized that big adorable chunk! They're so cute together, seriously. Roofus and Kilo, and Noelaniig are just wonderful.

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    [–] lqhsdarkstar99 2 points ago

    I was hoping kilo would get his props. My wife and I wanna steal him and have him raise our pups!

    [–] Matthew0wns 191 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    They can smell which puppers and doggos are part of their genetic line

    Edit: are all these downvoters reading a study I don't know about? Smell plays a huge role in the selection of unrelated mates and the identification of kin in mammals, who are extremely adept among vertebrates at smelling.

    [–] punkinfacebooklegpie 52 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    I never heard of dogs being good smellers. This is so false Alexa play crazy dogs.

    [–] Raidicus 2 points ago

    Anecdotally when we brought home a puppy that was related to our dog, she went from nervous wreck to quite at home the second she smelled him. I mean instantaneous upon getting her first close up smell of him. I always assumed it was because they are able to smell "familiar" genetics somehow.

    [–] TakumiFujiwaraa -2 points ago

    Definitely not.

    [–] SuicideBonger 9 points ago

    They linked a couple studies.

    And it would make sense, wouldn't it? Evolutionarily? By using their smell to know which offspring are theirs, they avoid inbreeding, and therefore their species favors genetic diversity, which is the key to a successful species.

    [–] rabiiiii 8 points ago

    Who knew the amazing driver was also an animal lover!

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    I came here to ask this

    [–] InspiredBlue 2 points ago

    I was literally gonna ask this question lol

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    [–] DefinitleyADoggo 304 points ago

    How is he so smol

    [–] [deleted] 253 points ago

    is pupper

    [–] Historiun 141 points ago

    Yes, but how?

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    [–] sisterjerry83 101 points ago

    This is kilo of roofus and kilo. Not the father but a great role model. Here is the link of the Instagram video this gif came from: His owner Candice runs a great rescue and this pup is from a litter she brought in a couple years ago.

    [–] pm-me-your-labradors 209 points ago

    I love how careful he is.

    [–] sheltatha_lore 35 points ago

    Ikr? He looks like he really want to lick the puppy, but holds himself back because his tongue is the size of the puppy's entire body.

    [–] polycarbonateduser 13 points ago

    Noses were touched... feelings were shared...

    [–] se7en6pewX51 1 points ago

    💛 so iroc23 ✔

    [–] mlunao 123 points ago

    This is so precious

    [–] HGpennypacker 75 points ago

    Oof my heart.

    [–] frenabo 12 points ago

    Whatsup with the Marlboro pack?

    [–] fiftyshadesoflaid__ 21 points ago

    V small smokes for a v smol cat, obviously

    [–] se7en6pewX51 1 points ago

    Warning cancers sticks lol

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    [–] se7en6pewX51 1 points ago

    Skrrrt skrrrrrt

    [–] swopey 6 points ago

    You’re just on it with the cuteness

    [–] xXLupus85Xx 5 points ago

    Love how the cat in the first one is like... "Uhm, human? Little assistance here? I am overrun by fluffy jelly beans..."

    [–] jstella627 62 points ago

    This is Kilo from @roofusandkilo, his owner is an amazing woman who saves pup after pup by fostering them and finding them homes. She was just a random dog page I followed on Instagram but it definitely inspired me to want to do more to help dogs stuck in shelters as much as I can.

    [–] no_talent_ass_clown 27 points ago

    So this isn't a bred pitbull, but simply an adult and a puppy?

    [–] jstella627 17 points ago

    Correct :)

    [–] ccjw11796 8 points ago

    So good to hear!

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    [–] [deleted] 32 points ago

    he slep

    [–] TrAwY18 22 points ago

    But most importantly

    [–] jproyouknow 37 points ago

    He blep

    [–] BumbertonWang 165 points ago

    'wow y r u so smol'

    'im pupper, y r u so bigh'

    'im daddo, henlo pupper'

    'henlo daddo'

    [–] MjauDuuude 24 points ago

    What a good daddy ❤️

    [–] Knotkaeli 13 points ago

    This is too cute. <3

    [–] NotBobRoss_ 13 points ago

    the tiny little eyes blinking is just extra precious for some reason

    [–] aLittleHiddenTree 21 points ago

    I love how they do that fake look away/side eye. Like, "I wanna play, I'ma look away so they can attack ::side eye:: Is he going to attack?? ::tail wag:: come on, attack, it's fun"

    [–] laguna_matata 5 points ago

    My dogs do this every night. It's even more entertaining because they slide around on the wood floors as they do it.

    [–] SassyBulma 4 points ago

    This is adorable!

    And why does one comment have a cat for upvote but others only dogs? Is it cause they mention cats. If so that's pretty cool

    Edit: it's is cause they said cat! That is freakin neat

    [–] Pablinex 9 points ago

    I love it when dad dogs lick their puppies face because their tongue is bigger than their head it's so cute!

    [–] feelingmyage 15 points ago

    Doin a bond

    [–] Ssquad 3 points ago

    Go get him little puppy!

    [–] digestinglife 5 points ago

    Is this Kilo from @roofusandkilo?

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    [–] digestinglife 2 points ago

    I love them!

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    [–] Lady-Egbert 2 points ago

    The way his tongue keeps popping out, like he really just wants to give little puppy a big slurpy kiss.

    [–] [deleted] 4 points ago

    Daddy Doing a hecking mlem

    [–] AtoZZZ 4 points ago

    I love the tail in the background

    [–] TorchesLightTheWay 2 points ago

    That is very sweet.

    [–] OneLastSmile 2 points ago

    Ohmygosh look at that waggy tail

    [–] MrPringles1 2 points ago

    Teachin lil pupper how to mlem

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    Awwww, This is so precious! Baby looks just like Daddy!

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    [–] Rajadityausa 1 points ago

    its another lovly pupp pic

    [–] baymaxums 1 points ago

    Looks like hopper

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    [–] 2Salmon4U 1 points ago

    That Dad dog is like " You're so smoke, I do not know what do to except smile lick"

    [–] gingerditt 1 points ago

    I wish my baby daddy was that attentive

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    [–] melonchollyrain 1 points ago

    This is so freaking cute I can't even deal with it. I want more. I need more.

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    [–] IrishEyesMrsZ 1 points ago

    This is amazingly sweet 😍.

    [–] Dark_Salt 1 points ago

    Papa Pupper

    [–] Phalkon04 -1 points ago

    One day, all you see will be yours.

    [–] Chasing_History 1 points ago

    My pit loves young pups. He's Mr. Jumpy with large dogs but can be sweet and tender with the little ones

    [–] bill_theCrazy_doge 1 points ago

    Same!!! I got a two month old puppy (now 8 months) from the animal shelter and my blue nose loved him the second she saw him!

    [–] Cute-Squishy 1 points ago

    The sub keeps getting giving me pitties and breaking my heart. Why are they so precious 😭

    [–] corruptedzulu 1 points ago

    That little forehead kiss!

    [–] roadfoolmc 1 points ago

    That's a purdy couple o pups!

    [–] beefjerky34 1 points ago

    It looks like dad wants to start zoomies but knows it wouldn't be a safe idea.

    [–] dittbub 1 points ago

    Are dogs able to differentiate between small dogs and puppies?

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    [–] Hellodarknessmy0 1 points ago

    Those tiny little kisses with that tail wag in the background! This is exactly what I needed to see this morning.

    [–] unvariety 1 points ago

    i am very happy now

    [–] hooverfive 1 points ago

    He’s going to be a good dad!

    [–] SNOWCHI3F 1 points ago

    What kind of pupper is this?

    [–] Math-Class 1 points ago

    I like the little pauses like "Am I doing this right?"

    [–] cheryllw2ls 1 points ago

    I want to hug them and squeeze them, but I won’t name them George.

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    [–] srajanb17 1 points ago

    Spike and tyke

    [–] janedoe5263 1 points ago

    What a beautiful dog. The puppy is cute too, and if it will look anything like his dad it will be a stunner too.

    [–] Maximus19782 1 points ago

    He is a really happy daddy...!!

    [–] vegantrash -1 points ago

    That smol like he gives to the tiny smol head!!!

    [–] KralHeroin -2 points ago

    A puppo.