Just Like Us: Study Shows Dogs Are Like Their Owners
“Man’s best friend” may be more like us that we think.
We’ve all heard the old cliche that people look like their dogs, but would you be surprised to find out that people and their dogs tend to socialize, eat, and learn new skills in very similar ways, too?
According to the Natural Balance Canine Personality Study a survey of 1,015 U.S. dog parents conducted by Natural Balance Pet Foods in conjunction with Learndipity Data Insights Americans love dogs who are often just like them.
They’ve broken down some of their findings, including some photos of our readers’ pups:
1. PEOPLE CHOOSE DOGS WHO ACT JUST LIKE THEM
2. DOGS DISPLAY COMPLEX EMOTIONS, JUST LIKE WE DO
Dogs’ personalities are highly nuanced and they experience many emotions that are all too familiar to us humans.
If you’re hurt or late coming home, 90% of dog parents believe your dog is worried about you.
3. DOGS STRONGLY INFLUENCE THE EMOTIONS OF THEIR HUMAN PARENTS
According to 79% of dog parents, their dogs consciously and actively attempt to comfort them.
55% report that their dog looks at them with loving eyes that communicate deep emotion.