A new study looks at the similarities between babies and dogs. Here’s part of the article from The Christian Science Monitor:
Treating our dogs like our babies might, it turns out, be somewhat reasonable.
A new study has found that the relationship between dogs and their owners is similar in character to that between parents and their babies.
In human parent-child bonding, infants perceive their caregivers as a “secure base” as they begin to explore the world, tentatively reaching out into the unfamiliar with the confidence that someone known is observing their mini-adventure and is waiting to fold them back into what is safe and secure. Now, a study published in PLOS ONE has tested the confidence-levels of dogs with and without their owners and found that the same “secure base effect” is also found in owner-dog bonding.
To read the rest of the article, see Dogs are somewhat like young human children, study finds.