when people say “my dog thinks he’s human” they usually mean “my dog is compassionate. my dog knows when I’m sad.”
I had a dog that was hit by a car and came back with a broken leg. the vet put it in a cast and to reduce mobility we had to keep him in a small kennel most of the time.
he smashed his broken leg into the bars of the kennel and barked and whimpered all day. we took him back to the vet and got a stronger cast, and he still did it. it wasn’t healing.
we took him back again and again and the vet put bigger and heavier casts on each time. his body was propped up on this big plaster thing and we thought “he couldn’t possibly” but he still did.
they had to amputate his leg, but he could run around outside again.