On Valentine’s day we all want to celebrate with those we love the most. Many dog owners have no doubt: their dog deserves something special.

Why many owners think that their dog is the best companion on Valentine’s Day? Every dog owner has the feeling that their dog really understands them and is listening to whatever they say. This special bond between dogs and their humans has interested scientists for years. Comparative psychology has shown that dogs have a unique ability to recognise our feelings and they have learnt through evolution how to live with us. Dogs can recognise human emotions just from our facial expressions and they know we are talking with them just from the tone of our voice. Some researchers have even discovered that when dogs smell us, the reward neural circuits activate. Moreover, dogs form a special bond with their owners, very similar that between a child and their mother.

Valentine’s Day: dogs and owners celebrate

There are no doubts that dogs love us, and it does not come as a surprise that we want to show our beloved friend all our love on Valentine’s Day. For example, we can gift them with Kippy and then we can use the app and the web app to know their daily activity levels. The app can show us how much our dog has been walking, running, sleeping, relaxing playing and even how many calories they spent. Moreover, Kippy tracks our best friend quickly and exactly, with no distance limits and even indoors.

Federica Pirrone, Mariangela Albertini, Patrizia Piotti researchers at UNIMI Veterinaria