Dogs are social creatures; for thousands of years they have been living in close contact with humans. And during this time, the animals have learned to understand us perfectly.
In 2016, a group of Brazilian and British scientists proved that dogs are perfectly able to recognize the emotions of a person, even a stranger. At the same time, they can determine whether the external manifestation of emotions corresponds to the speech and mood of a person.
It is curious that dogs are able to copy the behavior of their owners. They feel fine mood and are able to share the emotions of people. However, it has long been known to the owners of four-legged friends: when the owner is having fun, the dog is having fun, and in moments of sadness, the pet is most often also melancholic and calm.
An interesting experiment was conducted by Austrian scientists together with their colleagues from the UK. It was attended by 10 dogs, among which were seven Border Collies, Australian Shepherd and two curs. Animals were taught to open the door with their paws and heads. At first, independently, and then they were shown how the same exercise is performed by their owners, who stand on all fours. Next, the dogs were divided into two groups: one gave a treat for opening the door in the same way as their owners, and the other, on the contrary, for the fact that their movements differed. It turned out that dogs were much more willing to copy the movements of the owners! Even if for this they were deprived of treats.
The experiment showed that animals have a tendency to the so-called automatic imitation – copying the actions of their owner. And this is used not only in everyday trifles and habits, but also in education and training. Therefore, the famous phrase that all dogs look like their owners is not without meaning. And, apparently, it’s not just the similarity of temperaments and characters, but also the imitation of pets to the leaders of the “pack”.