Deb D’Andrea, Nederland. How many times have you looked at someone and then looked at their dog, and thought ‘Wow, they’re alike!’ It’s something my friends and I have joked about many times; I even laugh at how similar I am to my dogs. Now there is evidence to show humans choose certain dogs because the dog is similar to themselves.
Asking 1,015 pet parents, the “Natural Balance Doggie Character Survey,” in conjunction with Learndipity Data Insights, demonstrated people do tend to select dogs that exhibit similar characteristics to themselves from a variety of perspectives.
The survey showed that if a person is an extrovert, there is a 66% chance their dog will be an extrovert; whereas if the person is an introvert, there is a 28% chance their dog will be an extrovert.
If their person is a picky eater, there is a 26% chance their dog will be a picky eater; when generally only 17% of dogs are picky eaters. If you like to learn new tricks and are a lifelong learner, there is a 72% chance your dog will also enjoy learning new tricks throughout their lifetime. You CAN teach old dogs new tricks!
Along with having similar character traits, dog parents feel their dogs share human behaviors and experience emotions typically attributed to humans. The Survey showed that 90% of dog parents felt their dog was worried when they were hurt or late coming home; 79% said if they are upset, their dog will comfort them; and 52% said their dog knows when they are sad; 93% said their dog smiles and 79% said their dog can feel embarrassment. 55% said their dog will look at them with loving eyes, and 26% said their dog experienced feelings of jealousy.
Having been around dogs, and other creatures, my whole life; I agree all the dogs in my life have demonstrated distinct emotions and have expressed those emotions in a variety of ways. Each dog expresses emotions in their own unique way, similar to the unique ways we as humans express ourselves.
In several ways, I feel the more we learn about these and other beloved creatures that share our life and world, the less we really know about them. For instance, in 1960 Jane Goodall witnessed chimps fishing for termites using a tool they made by stripping the leaves off a twig. This blew away previous notions that humans were the only ‘tool user.’ It has also been shown that humans are not the only ones to pass the ‘mirror recognition’ test; with some apes, elephants, killer whales, dolphins, magpies and dogs also passing this test. With technological advances increasing our ability to witness how brain areas are ‘lit up’ in certain situations, we will be able to validate to a certain extent what our beloved companions are feeling and know what we already know in our hearts, that dogs are our best friend.
Till next time. Deb D’Andrea, founder of 4TheLuvOfDogz & the Caribou Dog Ranch is recognized by the State of Colorado as a Certified Canine Massage Therapist and will visit your home or Vet’s office to work with your dog. Canine Agility may be offered at the Caribou Dog Ranch in 2017 if there is interest. Deb currently has limited availability for new Petz Nanny Clients; and she bakes up fresh dog treats & doggy birthday cakes per order. For information contact Deb at 720-675-7078 or email: email@example.com.