How to make your dog love you
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Do you have a dog who hates you?
Are you in the midst of a fight with your dog?
How about one who refuses to sit down?
The answer may surprise you, as a study released by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) on Tuesday found that the “dog’s instinct” is the best predictor of a good outcome.
The study found that a dog’s first instinct is to seek out food and is the most important cue for a person to pick up a toy.
And the more a dog loves its owner, the better off the owner is, the study found.
The AVMA’s study examined responses to a series of stimuli, ranging from a familiar person to a stranger.
When people are in a good mood, dogs respond in a similar way to people.
In addition, a dog will bark if a person is upset.
“The more they get affectionate, the more likely they are to get their owner back,” said Dr. Paul P. Smith, an AVMA veterinarian and director of the organization’s canine behavior center.
“People can’t stop loving them, and a good dog will always be there for you.”
The AVAA study, which involved more than 1,000 people, found that those with a history of serious illness, like cancer, were more likely to get back with their dog, compared to those who had a normal life history.
In other words, it is a common sense fact that a good relationship with a dog is a good health predictor for a long-term, happy life.
The authors of the study, from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, said that the study should encourage us to rethink how we treat our dogs, and whether or not they can be trusted to follow our commands.
“We’ve had many studies on dog aggression, but this is the first study to look at a general, behavioral predictor,” Smith said.
“A good relationship means the dog is not always the best source of information for a particular situation, but it does mean that a person has a better understanding of their dog’s feelings and behaviors.”
This study is a first step toward figuring out how to prevent dog aggression and help humans treat our canine companions, Smith said, adding that more research is needed.
This study was published in the journal Animal Behavior.
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