You may know dogs and people whose personalities are mirror images: low-key pet parents with equally gentle puppies, or outgoing pet parents with dogs that greet everyone with wet kisses. This may actually be more than just a coincidence. As scientists have said, the character of a dog is closely related to that of a person.
In a study published in Applied Animal Behavior Science, researchers asked pet parents to rate themselves based on five main personality dimensions (and the corresponding personality characteristics of dogs). The “Big Five” in psychology are:
Neuroticism (prone to feelings such as anxiety and fear)
Openness (creativity, curiosity and openness to new ideas)
When dog parents spend extra time scratching their dog’s belly, taking their dog out for walks and games, and even when they continue to feel frustrated with their dog’s naughty chewing habits,