For most pet parents, they almost treat all their animal companions as part of the family, mainly because they raise, train or educate, love and take responsibility for them all through their very short lives.
Veterinarian Lisa Horn of the University of Vienna, Australia recently conducted a study that proves dogs and cats treat their humans as their parents.
Horn studied 22 puppies and divided them into three groups. The first group stayed in a room away from their parents. The second group stayed in a room with their humans, who had to remain silent and ignore the pups, while the last group was made up of dogs with their humans, who played and spoke to them.
The results showed that groups two and three who were close to their parents showed themselves to be cheerful, playful and very extroverted animals who loves to socialize with other humans and animals.
On the other hand, the first group was fearful and did not want to respond to play or even food.
A few days later, Lisa tried to introduce strangers to the dogs in groups two and three. In conclusion, Horn found that the dogs close to their humans feel more motivated, happy, comfortable, and interested, while those who are distant seem to feel fear and lose interest.