According to the “Natural Balance Canine Personality Study” — a survey of 1,015 U.S. dog parents conducted by Natural Balance Pet Foods in conjunction with Learndipity Data Insights -- Americans love dogs who are often just like them:
1. PEOPLE CHOOSE DOGS WHO ACT JUST LIKE THEM:
--66 percent of extroverted people have extroverted dogs -- and there’s a 65 percent chance that an introverted dog will have an introverted human parent.
--If you’re a choosy eater, your dog is three times more likely to be one as well.
--If you identify as a lifelong learner, then there’s a 72 percent chance your dog will be good at learning new tricks.
2. DOGS DISPLAY COMPLEX EMOTIONS, JUST LIKE WE DO:
--Dogs’ personalities are highly nuanced and they experience many emotions that are all too familiar to us humans.
-- If you’re hurt or late coming home, 90 percent of dog parents believe your dog is worried about you.
--79 percent say dogs can feel embarrassment, while 93 percent are certain they’ve seen their dog smile.
3. DOGS STRONGLY INFLUENCE THE EMOTIONS OF THEIR HUMAN PARENTS:
--According to 79 percent of dog parents, their dogs consciously and actively attempt to comfort them.
--55 percent report that their dog looks at them with loving eyes that communicate deep emotion.
--52 percent say their dog is able to accurately sense when they are sad.