We’ve always suspected that dogs can pick up on human emotions, but now there is concrete evidence to support this idea. They have been our best friends for more than 30 000 years, after all.
The University of Vienna in Austria recently published a study on Plos One. According to the science, dogs can mirror anxiety and negativity. They’re also capable of lifting their owner’s mood when they are friendly and relaxed.
The study included more than 100 dogs and their owners. Both underwent a series of tests while measuring heart rate and stress levels.
It was found that both owners and dogs influenced each other, with the human being more influential that the dog. Dogs are susceptible to human emotions and usually mirror what their owner is feeling. The research also shows that dogs pick up emotions from their owner and adjust their own behaviour according to the mood.