Like Father Like Son…

Planet Of Animals
Planet Of Animals

BY Rana Fathali

Like Father Like Son...

Like Father Like Son...

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It has been shown that emotional social support also exists between humans and dogs. This may be explained by shared and evolutionary conservative social mechanisms, including brain and stress physiology. Dogs have socially adapted to live with humans for more than     30 000 years and therefore, are closely adapted to human social performance. For example, dogs recognize and integrate emotional information from humans and adjust their behavior to human communication signals and human emotions. There may even be emotional contagion between owners and dogs.

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New studies indicate that dogs and humans mirror each other's personality. Researchers from the university of Vienna have discovered that "pet owners who are pessimistic and prone to anxiety have dogs who also exhibit these qualities. It has further been suggested that both owner and dog social characteristics influence dyadic cortisol variability, with the human partners being more influential than the dog.