You may know dogs and people whose personalities are mirror images of each other: a low-key pet parent with an equally mellow pup or an outgoing pet parent with a dog who greets everyone with wet kisses.This might not actually be just a coincidence, as scientists say that dog personality is strongly linked to human personality. In a study published in Applied Animal Behaviour Science, researchers asked pet parents to rate themselves on five major personality dimensions (as well as on corresponding personality traits of dogs). “The Big Five,” as they’re referred to in the psychology community, are:
Neuroticism (a tendency towards feelings like anxiety and fear)
Openness (level of creativity, curiosity and being open to new ideas)

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When dog-parents spend extra time scratching their dogs’ bellies, take their dogs out for long walks and games of fetch, or even when they feel constant frustration over their dogs’ naughty chewing habits, they are gradually shaping their pets’ personalities. Dogs, like people, have moods and personality traits that shape how they react in certain situations. New findings from Michigan State University went where few researchers have gone before to reveal that, also like humans, dogs’ personalities likely change over time.

“When humans go through big changes in life, their personality traits can change. We found that this also happens with dogs – and to a surprisingly large degree,” said William Chopik, professor of psychology and lead author. “We expected the dogs’ personalities to be fairly stable because they don’t have wild lifestyle changes humans do, but they actually change a lot. We uncovered similarities to their owners, the optimal time for training and even a time in their lives that they can get more aggressive toward other animals.”

The research, published in Journal of Research in Personality, is one of the first – and is the largest – studies of its kind to examine changes in dogs’ personalities. Chopik surveyed owners of more than 1,600 dogs, including 50 different breeds. Dogs ranged from just a few weeks old to 15 years, and were split closely between male and female. The extensive survey had owners evaluate their dog’s personalities and answered questions about the dog’s behavioral history. The owners also answered a survey about their own personalities.

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“We found correlations in three main areas: age and personality, in human-to-dog personality similarities and in the influence a dog’s personality has on the quality of its relationship with its owner,” Chopik said. “Older dogs are much harder to train; we found that the ‘sweet spot’ for teaching a dog obedience is around the age of six, when it outgrows its excitable puppy stage but before its too set in its ways.”

One trait that rarely changes in age with dogs, Chopik said, was fear and anxiety.

Honing in on the saying, “dogs resemble their owners,” Chopik’s research showed dogs and owners share specific personality traits. Extroverted humans rated their dogs as more excitable and active, while owners high in negative emotions rated their dogs as more fearful, active and less responsive to training. Owners who rated themselves as agreeable rated their dogs as less fearful and less aggressive to people and animals.

The owners who felt happiest about their relationships with their dogs reported active and excitable dogs, as well as dogs who were most responsive to training. Aggression and anxiety didn’t matter as much in having a happy relationship, Chopik said.

“There are a lot of things we can do with dogs – like obedience classes and training – that we can’t do with people,” he said. “Exposure to obedience classes was associated with more positive personality traits across the dog’s lifespan. This gives us exciting opportunities to examine why personality changes in all sorts of animals.”

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Chopik’s findings prove how much power humans have over influencing a dog’s personality. He explained that many of the reasons a dog’s personality changes are a result of the “nature versus nurture” theory associated with humans’ personalities.

Next, Chopik’s will research will examine how the environment owners provide their dogs might change the dogs’ behavior.

“Say you adopt a dog from a shelter. Some traits are likely tied to biology and resistant to change, but you then put it in a new environment where it’s loved, walked and entertained often. The dog then might become a little more relaxed and sociable,” Chopik said. “Now that we know dogs’ personalities can change, next we want to make strong connection to understand why dogs act – and change – the way they do.”

Source: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0092656618301661?via%3Dihub)

Maltese whole pattern of behavior is the same as that of a human child.

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People generally see their pets as their children or at least as part of the family, because we raise, educate, love and consent them a lot, and we take responsibility for their well-being.

That work we do with them and the bond we create makes them the most important thing in our lives and we the most important thing in theirs.

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According to a study carried out by the veterinarian Lisa Horn of the University of Vienna, Australia, our dogs and kittens see us as if we were their parents.

What was the study about?

Lisa, studying 22 puppies which she divided into three groups, the first group stayed in a room, away from their parents, the second, stayed in a room with their parents but they had to remain silent and ignore them and the third was a group made up of dogs and their parents, they had to motivate the dogs to play, they spoke to them, they consented and they fed them as they rewarded their good behavior or to play when they told them to.

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The results obtained were to be expected, the dogs that were close to their parents, that is, the second and the third group, showed themselves as very cheerful, playful and extroverted animals, they did not feel bad or insecure at any time.

However, the first group, those who were completely separated from their parents, felt insecure and fearful, did not want to respond to stimuli such as play or food.

A few days later, Lisa again ran tests with the same dogs, those in Group Two and three, the difference being that she replaced the parents of the puppies with people unknown to them. The results were different from the first ones, as the dogs, although accompanied, were disinterested in the games, food or caresses, only showed earrings from the door to see when their parents will return for them.

Lisa came to the conclusion that the dogs belong to a dimension called “security area”, which means that the animals will feel more motivated, confident, happy, protected, comfortable, interested, when they are close to their parents are human, on the contrary, when they are distant, they seem to get depressed, lose interest and even feel in danger.

The pattern is also observed in the relationship between children and parents, because children, especially when they are young, feel much more capable and safe when their parents are accompanying them and vulnerable when they are absent.

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So, if you have a maltese or a kitten and have been happy and comfortable only when you are present, run to hug him and promise him that you will never abandon him, for to them, we are their world and all they have.

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The way to raise a happy, confident dog is with gentle handling, kindness and dependability. Learn to read your
dog‘s body language. Dogs thrive on routine, so always be consistent with your rules. Most importantly, learn what action hurts your dog‘s feelings — and stop doing it. Here are some of the ways you may be unknowingly hurting your dog’s feelings.


Do you push your dog away when she tries to climb in your lap and give you kisses? If you are constantly rejecting or ignoring your dog’s attempts to get attention or to give affection, your dog may come down with a serious case of the doggy blues. You are, after all, at the center of your dog’s universe. They depend on us for everything from their happiness to their food, and they thrive on our attention.If you’re constantly pushing your dog away and/or ignoring her, you’re not only depriving her of affection but going against her nature. Dogs are social animals; they need to be around their pack. Isolation from their pack (you in this case) will eventually result in depression.


If your dog goes in an inappropriate place in your home, there are only a few reasons: they needed to be walked and couldn’t wait, something scared them, or they have a health problem (notice I didn’t put “they are trying to get back at you” on this list). Dogs have “accidents” usually because they can’t hold it, which means you either need to walk your dog more frequently or you weren’t paying attention to your dog, knowing she was giving you signals to take her out.

By rubbing their nose in the accident, you’re exposing them to bacteria, and you’re not correcting the problem. In fact, you are most likely making it worse because now your dog has anxiety around a natural physiological process.


Initially, this command is taught by giving your dog a reward when she comes to you. You’re training your dog that something good (a treat) is the result of coming on command. It’s very effective when you need your dog to come to you, for example, at the dog park or in a situation where she may get hurt.

If you use this command indiscriminately, sometimes for a reward and sometimes for a bath or medicine or anything your dog dislikes, your dog will be confused, her feelings will be hurt — and she won’t consistently come to you at the dog park anymore. Don’t use the “come” command to punish your dog.


Dogs thrive on exercise and mental stimulation — in other words, playtime. If you don’t provide some quality playtime with your pooch, your dog’s feelings will be hurt, and he might resort to destructive behavior in an attempt to get his exercise.



Like people, dogs can be afraid of irrational things. Common things, like skateboards, thunder, large trucks, the vacuum cleaner, even a particular floor covering, can be a source of doggy terror. They may react by cowering, urinating and shaking. Ears back, tail tucked, body low to the ground are all clear signs that your dog is afraid.

The best thing you can do for a dog that’s afraid is remain calm and remove the dog from the area or situation. The worst thing you can do is to laugh at your dog or punish her. Imagine how you would feel if the person you counted on most in the world laughed at your irrational fear of pickles. You’d still be afraid of pickles, but your trust in “your person” would be damaged, possibly forever.


To a lot of dogs, their crate is their safe place. With a comfy bed and a little privacy, your dog can snooze the day away without a care in the world. That’s the way a crate is supposed to function for your dog.

But if you send your dog to her crate as a punishment, and even worse, yell and lock her in, that crate is no longer a happy space. You’ve destroyed her wonderful den and left her confused and upset.


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We always love stories of unusual friendships with animals. When you have different species of animals under one roof, you sometimes wonder if they get along just so the animals get along.

Like the moving story of a group of orphaned puppies who found a friend and guardian in the most unexpected creature. A foster home and 2nd Chances Rescue, Andrea became the guardian of three puppies left in the PetSmart parking lot a few years ago.

“A man came up with a case of beer with these four puppies,” Andrea told PAWsitive. “He said he caught her in her garden and he couldn’t catch her mother.”

Andrea took in the cubs and cared for them, although it took her a while to get used to her new home: “They were scared,” Andrea said. They were small and they were afraid” Andrea also had another rescue pet in her care: an eighty-year-old sulcata tortoise named Goliath.The old tortoise and the young cubs seem like an odd couple, but Andrea soon discovered a connection between her rescue dogs.

One day Andrea realized that one of the puppies was missing. She panicked … but she soon found out that the dog was hiding in Goliath’s stable. He soon realized that all the cubs loved to cuddle with their turtle friend, and it seemed to give the frightened pups a sense of protection.

“They seemed to find a sense of security with Goliath,” Andrea said. “I found her huddled around Goliath during the day.” He not only helped the cubs, he also helped Goliath.

Andrea says the turtle likes attention and touch, but most dogs “are afraid of it and ignore it.” Obviously the cubs saw things differently and the tortoise was happy to finally have company: “I think he was excited, I think he loved it.”

Erico or Erico Bear, is an adorable Corgi and a social media star in his native Japan, has his life chronicled on the ericobear Instagram page. His Instagram account has more than 50k followers in love with his cute pictures and videos. People follow him because they love him and love his adorable adventures he has with his owner. He is frequently shown enjoying the great outdoors, traveling cross the country, and taking wonderful photos.

Erico’s owner loves to document his priceless moments because he is ridiculously photogenic. He frequently delights the internet with his dazzling personality and poor coordination. The funny look, peach-shaped butt, and excitable demeanor are definitely the best things that make him famous on Instagram. In addition to Erico and his lovely owner, the photos often include a delightful detail – a dozen of his mini versions following him around and taking awesome photos with him.

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Here are some photos of Erico that are guaranteed to fill your day with cuteness and happiness. Scroll below to see and don’t forget to choose your favorite pics on our list.

1. They’re right behind me, aren’t they!?!?!?

2. Potato floof

3. A gentleman.

4. Eyes squeezed shut

5. Ultimate mama prize for carrying all her children at once.

6. My back pack has a back pack.

7. Little floof booty

8. Is that a fish?

9. Corgis do have the cutest butts.

10. This is just cool, especially ‘i’m not posing’ sideglance.

11. That’s just cute!

12. Majestic Fluff

13. She is so shy!

14. Here we see the baby sea doggos making their way to the sea.

15. She seems very disturbed by something.

16. “Seaside Rendesvous”

17. The tongue of power

18. Lots of fun to be had with any dog but with a Corgi it just brings out the funniest stuff.

19. Love love

20. Looks like something out of a magazine. Excellent photo!