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Dogs mirror stress levels of owners, researchers find

theguardian.com
  • According to research carried out at Linköping University in Sweden, dogs reflect the stress felt by their owners.
  • During the study, the level of cortisol, a substance is known as the stress hormone, was measured in dogs and their proprietors.
  • The results indicated that cortisol levels are higher in dogs and stressed owners.
  • Researchers think that the observed effect is due to the fact that dogs establish a link with their owners.
  • The study suggests that dogs identify with their owners and share their stress levels.

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