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Owner-Dog Personality Differences Linked to Stress
Long-term stress in dogs is linked to owner-dog relationships. A new study found that like humans, pet parents and their four-legged family members suffer from stress if there are issues with compatibility for the pairing.
This eye-opening study was published in the Journal of Scientific Reports from Linköping University, Sweden, The study also revealed that stress level differs from breed to breed. It’s a fascinating insight into the fundamentals of forming a lasting bond for owners and their dogs.
How Was The Owner-Dog Relationship Study Done?
Thousands of years of domestication and selective breeding have led to very specific canine traits in certain dogs. The study took these fundamental markers into consideration and came up with an impressive program.
Dogs from two types of breeds were included in the study. 18 dogs from independent hunting breeds such as the Swedish Elkhound, the Norwegian Elkhound, and the Dachshund were included. 24 dogs from ancient breeds such as the Shiba Inu, the Basenji, and the Siberian Husky were included.
Researchers collected hair from both dogs and owners measured levels of cortisol, the most important stress hormone, in them. Additionally, the owners completed comprehensive questionnaires about themselves and their relationship with their dogs. The pet parent discussed their furry family member’s temperament, the degree of stress they have, and how they bonded with each other.
What Is the Takeaway?
We all know that personalities matter when it comes to human relationships. Now, it’s confirmed that personalities also matter when it comes to forming a lasting, stress-free relationship with your furry family member. So, when it comes to adding a new furry family member to your pack, take a moment to consider the personalities of your human family members and your canine ones. Share your thoughts in the comments.