The ability to experience positive emotions, like love and attachment, would mean that dogs have a level of sentience comparable to that of a human child. And this ability suggests a rethinking of how we treat dogs.
Of course dogs have emotions. Anyone who has ever owned a dog knows that. Whether having emotions makes a dog the equivalent of a human (child or not) is highly debatable. But the author seems to think it is beyond debate. According to this thinking, because dogs have emotions, humans have no right to own them:
The guy is dumber than the average dog.
Not only do dogs have emotions, they are intellectually equivalent to human two-year olds, according to many studies.
Do you strip your two-year-olds naked and turn them out into the streets rather than “own” them, take care of them, and love them?
Your dogs will be your two-year olds until they die. That’s both the best, and the worst aspect of them. Well, that, and that they die way too soon.
I wish we could do something about that.