Human feelings in the formation of dog behavior
You might consider your dog to be an especially clever and smart creature. But have you ever found yourself wondering how conscious and self-aware your dog is? Are dogs highly sentient?
Well, we can say that dogs are feeling like us , but did you know that they are very sensitive? In this article we will talk about our importance as human in building a dog’s personality.
Most dog owners don’t have too much trouble answering that question. We love our dogs and consider them family members. In fact, a recent USA Today study revealed that almost 70% of people talk to their dogs, carrying on conversations like they are people. While we may “own” our dogs, we consider ourselves caregivers
even giving our dogs better care than some other family members! We comfort our dogs when they are stressed from a thunderstorm, we perceive their smiles when they are happy to see us, and we know they experience the pain of arthritis in older age.
Dogs acting like humans is usually comical and there are endless videos online to prove our fascination with it, but at the same time, do you ever wonder why your dog is behaving like a human?
Dogs are great at mimicking behaviors, picking up emotional cues, and being conditioned to behave, there is a lot more your dog does than you might realize. Dogs who behave like their humans also have some interesting characteristics; they could have been chosen because they have physical attributes similar to their human. Research shows that humans gravitate toward dogs that remind them of themselves.
It’s not always the case, but researchers observed that an overweight person will have an overweight dog or a human’s looks will match their dog’s. There’s a good chance this isn’t a conscious decision and is more common with purebred dogs, but people tend to find similar characteristics with their pup. If you combine their looks with the ability to mimic, you could have a dog who is the canine version of you. Dogs not only mimic their fellow canine’s behavior when being trained, but they are also shown to mimic human behavior. Research has shown that if a human demonstrated a task for a dog, the dog could still complete the task by mimicking a human.
The role of the emotional between the dog and its owner
Dogs not only mimic behavior, but they can sense your emotions through social eavesdropping. Dogs watch their humans often and have observed what works and doesn’t work. They are in tune with people’s emotions and facial expressions; the closer bond a dog and human have, the more likely the dog is to mimic. This is also called emotional contagion. Research has shown that if you have a personality trait like laid back or neurotic, your dog will mimic that trait, too.
Can dogs care about me ?
It should come as no surprise to pet lovers that dogs do indeed care about their owners, but what is surprising is how perceptive they are of the little things that impact you and your well-being. Research shows that dogs may be able to tell when their owners are being snubbed by someone else, and they in turn act coldly toward the people doing the dissing. In the experiment, dogs watched as their owners asked for help and either were rudely ignored or received aid.
The overwhelming majority of the dogs whose owners didn’t receive help ignored food offered to them by the person who had snubbed their human. Scientists say this is likely a form of social eavesdropping, or the use of information collected by observing interactions between others, and it shows that your dog has your back.