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Science proves it: People love dogs more than humans

It’s official, people love dogs so much that we prefer them to some people, and even feel more empathy towards them than our fellow men.

In a study published in the journal Society & Animals, about 240 student volunteers looked at fake newspaper stories about attacks on both dogs and people. The four stories were about a victimized one-year-old baby, 30-year-old adult, a puppy or a six-year-old dog who was beaten “with a baseball bat by an unknown assailant,” and left unconscious “with a broken leg” and “multiple lacerations.”

Empathy levels for the puppy, older dog and baby human were on similar levels when the researchers polled their volunteers, with the adult human coming in last. The puppy was most empathized with, followed by the human baby, older dog, then older human.

“Subjects did not view their dogs as animals, but rather as ‘fur babies’, or family members alongside human children,” the study said, according to Science Alert.

Just last month, another study published in Scientific Reports said that dogs are more emotive with their faces when their human is looking at them — indicating that they reserve specific expressions just for their two-legged best friends. And people eat it up.

“The findings appear to support evidence dogs are sensitive to humans’ attention and that expressions are potentially active attempts to communicate,” the unrelated study’s lead researcher Juliane Kaminski said.

“(That) tells us something about how domestication has shaped (dogs),” evolutionary psychologist Bridget Waller told The Guardian, “and that it has changed them in order to be more communicative with humans, in a sense.”

 

-Nydailynews

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