We all know that after a long, hard day, we can be comforted by our furry friends simply sitting next to us, or putting their head in our lap. But did you know that dogs can be just as comforted by us? Recent studies have demonstrated that dogs find the mere presence of their owner to be comforting.
In a series of studies, dogs were put into a very boring room with the door closed. As you might expect, they quickly got bored, and asked to be let out into the rest of the house. Dogs whose owners stayed in the room were much more content regardless of whether the owner was playing with, petting, or even ignoring the dog.
This behavior is consistent with the theory that dogs have a more advanced emotional intelligence than we commonly attribute to them, showing both sympathy and empathy to their human companions. Check back with us next week to learn more about the emotional development and intelligence of your pooch!