It is known that cats love to mimic their owner’s behavior, but research say the same for dogs! According to a recent study published in the Journal of Research in Personality, dogs are just as likely to mirror the personality of their owners. The biggest finding is that dogs copy at least some of the behaviors and body movements of people in spontaneous and voluntary ways.
Dogs are special animals, both in terms of their evolutionary history of domestication and the range and intensity of their developmental training by “humans”. Both factors may enhance the extend to which dogs attend to human activity. You must also keep in mind that dogs are very observant and will witness and take in more visual and auditory stimulus than their humans may notice.
A lot of the habit’s dogs share with their owners, however, may seem like intuitive dog behaviors. Come to find out, they are just adapting to fit into your life. This is another reason why dogs are so likable! Below is a list of some common mimicking habits of your 4-legged friend:
- They may talk like you. Some vocal breeds will howl and bark when a parent howls or is rowdy with them!
- They may sleep like you. Sleeping habits are the most common adopted behaviors!
- They may get hungry when you do. Think of it as a dinner date!