Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall—Do I Look Like My Dog?

Have you ever passed someone walking their dog and realized they looked like a dog? If the scene of a park in the Disney movie 101 Dalmatians didn’t convince you, it’s more common than you think. instead HuffPost backed up by psychology – humans consider their friends similar to themselves, which also applies to picking up your dog. Worked as a professional dog trainer for over 10 years in Paw & Dog Training Order, that’s something I’ve seen so often. This is quite funny, actually, because many pet parents don’t even realize it!

So why do pet parents look like their dogs?

For starters, people can do it on purpose. They want a dog that they can live well with and that has a similar lifestyle. If people are physically active, having a dog that likes to sleep all day may not be satisfactory for humans. It is very likely that looking for pet parents will be looking for dogs that want the same thing – lots of walks, areas to run and play. The best way to form a bond and become good companions for each other is to find one, or many, that will fit into their lives.

In addition, dogs have learned behavior. A dog that sees humans outside a lot, will also love to be outside. Similarly, dogs who see their people cuddle in bed all day will likely feel the same. It’s like a monkey seeing, a monkey doing-but with a dog. That’s why with training, you want to teach them proper behavior. Behavior like being loud can promote a lot of barking; or inconsistent routines can make training difficult because they don’t see consistent behavior from their parents, so why should they be consistent?


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Some may own or connect with dogs without realizing they are the same. It is a human construct to gravitate towards things that are familiar and safe. Having similar physical characteristics or personality can be comforting to pet parents, which can cause a natural inclination towards specific breeds. Shorter people might have Corgis or Dachshunds, and taller people might go for German Shepherds or Great Danes, just to name a few.

You may even look at your dog now, wondering if you consciously or unconsciously chose a dog that looks just like you? An English language photographers even captured great photos of humans who look identical to their dogs, highlighting the true bond between the two. Research shows that people with long hair may prefer dogs with long or droopy ears, and those with short hair may prefer dogs with perked ears. There may be hundreds of characteristics to justify why someone can choose one dog over another, but it really all comes down to feeling familiar and comfortable with your companion.

Even though our beloved dogs don’t physically look like humans, they can certainly look alike. Dogs almost absorb the atmosphere, taking on our emotions and feelings. This is something I see every day in my practice. Our furry friends can feel anxiety and fear, but also excitement and joy, and they can adopt anything that humans can think of. I recommend that my trainees always be mindful of their emotions when around their dogs. Especially as a puppy, personality develops and is shaped by its environment. This is a big reason dog therapy exists. Have you ever noticed how dogs roll over to you when you cry? They understand human emotions and cues and have a natural tendency to help.

Like other members of the family, the apple does not fall far from the tree. And who wouldn’t want a little mini of me? Now, go ahead and see all the dog-human duos you can’t see.

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