Study Finds Dog’s Personality Shaped by Owners
You are exerting more influence than you have expected on you canines. A research from Michigan State University shows that a dog’s personality is greatly affected by its owner’s. This explains why so many dogs look and act like the owners.
The study was published on the Journal of Research on Personality last month and conducted by two assistant professors, Dr. William Chopik and Dr. Jonathan Weaver, from the Department of Psychology. In two months, they surveyed on 1,681 dogs of 50 breeds, with an age range from a few weeks to 15-year-old. They asked the owners to answer some questions on their furry babies’ personalities and on their own. The researchers found much of the pairs’ personalities in common.
Also, the professors took into consideration that people tended to choose dogs with similar traits to themselves. Like-minded people flock together. This applies to the pack of humans and canines as well.
Apart from these similarities from the beginning, owners’ training on dogs plays a big role in how pets’ personalities develop over time. Chopik and Weaver found the obedience training stand out in canine’s personality development. If pets receive an obedience training and feel that the owners are happy in the process, they are more likely to have positive characteristics.
One more reason to love dogs, isn’t it? There must be some moments when you feel the amazingly strong bond between you and pet–you are just like bosom friends. Share with us the beautiful memories on the Facebook page.