10 Shocking Facts About Dogs That You Haven’t Known Before

5. Dogs can become attached to their owners.

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Dogs and humans have been living together for thousands of years. Over this period, they have become just as attached to us as infants to their caregivers. Research shows that pet owners often develop a strong bond, known as the “secure base effect”; similar to that of a parent and their infant child. Researchers at Vetmeduni Messerli Research Institute of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, found that dogs were more active and showed interest to food while their owners were around.

When the owners were replaced with a random stranger, they had limited activity nor did they show any interest in eating. Finally, when the dogs were left alone in a room with a stranger and their owners clothing left out in a chair, the dogs moved closer to the chair rather than the stranger. Researchers believe that this is why the American Heart Association (AHA) said pets can reduce the risk of heart disease, since it increases physical activity, boosts favorable lipid profiles, lowers systemic blood pressure and stress.

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