The Natural Balance Canine Personality Study, conducted by Natural Balance Pet Foods in conjunction with LearnedipityData Insights, polled 1,015 people with dogs. It turns out that Americans love dogs who are often just like them.
Here are the key findings from this study:
1. People choose dogs who act just like them. A majority of self-identified extroverts -- 66 percent -- report having extroverted dogs. And, there is a 65 percent chance that introverts will adopt introverted dogs. In addition, if you are a choosy eater, your dog is three times more likely to be a picky eater as well. And, if you identify yourself as a lifelong learner, there is a 72 percent chance your dog will be good at learning new tricks even into his senior years.
2. Dogs display complex emotions, just like we do. The survey confirms what many of us have suspected: dogs experience many emotions that are common in people. Let's say you're hurt or late coming home. About 90 percent of dog parents believe their dogs are worried about them. And, 79 percent of people reported that they believe their dogs can feel embarrassment, while 83 percent are certain that they have seen their dogs smile.
3. Dogs strongly influence the emotions of their pet parents. Nearly 80 percent of people reported that they believe their dogs consciously and actively attempt to comfort them. And, 55 percent indicated that their dogs look at them with loving eyes that communicate deep, caring emotion. And finally, 52 percent stated that their dogs are able to accurately sense they are sad.
What do you share in common with your dog?
By Sarah Zumhofe