Scientists have confirmed what many of us already knew: dogs really do reflect their owners’ personalities.
A new study suggests that negative vibes can be passed on to dogs – but it’s not a one way street.
While humans are the more influential partner, relaxed and friendly dogs can also help their owners destress.
The study involved more than one hundred dogs and their owners, whose heart rates and response to threat were tested. Researchers even tested cortisol levels in saliva, an indicator of stress, and took personality tests.
They found that dogs are sensitive to emotional information and can use it to refine their behaviour.