Dogs love humans, a new study has found.
Dogs were more likely to trust humans when they had pets than when they were alone.
The findings may explain why dogs can be trusted when they have companionship, a study published online May 16 in the journal Nature by researchers from the University of Texas, Austin, and Stanford University found.
The study also suggests that when the animals are with humans, the humans are more likely than the dogs to benefit from the companionship.
In addition to the human, the dogs also included coyotes, foxes, bobcats, wolves, goats, rabbits, geese, turkeys, and goats.
In their study, the researchers studied the relationship between dogs and humans in San Diego County, California, the state’s largest urban area, over a period of seven years.
They surveyed more than 8,000 residents who answered a series of questionnaires, including questions about their dog-human interaction.
The research team found that dogs were less likely to interact with humans when there were other dogs around, while they were more inclined to interact when there was another dog.
“In other words, dogs are more attuned to other dogs when they are with human owners than when there is no human present,” said lead author Andrew E. Burdick, a psychology professor at the University at Buffalo and the University.
“They also seemed to like humans more when they can see the human and trust them.”
He said that dogs may be more attune to humans when the humans aren’t interacting with them, which may be why dogs are able to recognize humans’ faces.
Dogs also seem to trust people who are looking at them, he said.
Humans have an instinctive ability to see others and they see humans in dogs.
That’s the case in a study that Burdrick and his colleagues conducted in 2010 and 2011 in which the researchers invited dogs to play in front of humans while the humans watched on a computer screen.
They found that when a human walked by, the animals were more willing to go along with the humans when that human looked at them.
The researchers concluded that when there are other people around, the owners are more inclined toward being a good provider and good companionship partner.
Burtick said the findings indicate that when dogs see people, they’re more likely and able to respond with trust to human-like behavior.
“If you have a human, there is more of an attachment,” he said, “but the dog’s also more trusting.”
For the study, Burdicks team included 20 dogs who were housed with human-owned cats, 19 dogs who had never been to humans, and one human with a dog.
Dogs who had been to a pet store were asked to provide information about their dogs’ relationship status.
The data collected included a detailed inventory of dogs, their owners’ ages, their social class, and a brief description of the dogs’ personalities.
The results were analyzed by computer-generated images of faces, including those of the human’s, and of the pet store owners.
When the humans were alone, the human-dogs’ trustworthiness ratings were similar.
When they were with a human or another dog, the relationship ratings of the humans fell.
When there were multiple people around the dogs, the trustworthiness rating of the owners fell significantly.
“We found that the owners’ relationships with the dogs were not as strong as we would have expected if dogs were just naturally inclined to associate with humans,” Burdricks said.
“But when we asked the owners to associate themselves with their dogs, there was no difference in the ratings of human- and dog-owners.
It seemed that the dogs did have some kind of emotional attachment to the humans.”
Dogs were also more likely in the group of people to trust each other if the owners of those dogs were younger.
“What we have seen is that dogs have this innate ability to associate and trust humans,” said Burdoks team leader and graduate student John R. Henson.
“The researchers had found that we are less inclined to trust dogs when we have a person around to socialize with them.
We were able to show that dogs are better able to associate people with their owners when they see them together.”
The findings suggest that dogs could benefit from human companionship in a variety of ways, from a sense of companionship and safety to the companions’ being able to be present at the person’s home when needed.
“Dogs are very social creatures and can have an emotional attachment,” said E.W. Koehler, a professor of psychology at the College of William and Mary, and an author of the study.
“You could argue that humans have a tendency to be more trusting of dogs when there’s a human around, because they can recognize that dogs feel attachment to humans.
But, if there is a human nearby, the same thing will happen, and that could be a problem.
That doesn’t mean dogs don’t have the same ability to perceive that humans feel