There are a lot of dogs who are smart enough to know if they are loved. They manage to sense and feel how human beings feel towards them. Dogs and humans tend to form a very special relationship that will allow them to understand each other. Dogs feel when their owners are sad by trying to provide the type of comfort that humans need at that time.
There are a lot of instances when human beings are most comforted by the dogs that they consider to be their best friend. There are still some reports that are ongoing in order to prove this. Just remember that there are some differences with how dogs think as compared to humans.
Yes, dogs do really feel for their owners. That is just one reason why dogs are considered “man’s best friend”. And, the word man in this case includes all humans, young and old. If I had time, I would watch videos every day of soldiers returning home after deployments to the pure joy and delight expressed by their dogs.
I have owned dogs my whole life and I still miss the ones who have gone to doggie heaven. I can say without a doubt, dogs feel love for their owners. And the best part, they love you unconditionally. No one else will ever love you like your dog loves you.