Choosing the right dog is just as difficult as dating people, because the dog we think we want is different from the pet we fall in love with, scientists say
- People have often set their heart on a certain type of dog
- This preconceived idea changes when confronted with a certain puppy
- Some factors are more important than others, with the desired age and playfulness
- Color and breed status were less influential in the final selection
- Appearance and attractiveness also prove to be an important factor in choosing both pets and spouses
The ways of the heart are often a mystery, with many rejected lovers struggling to understand why they have fallen in love with a certain ex.
Scientists have now discovered that the unpredictability of those who want the heart is not limited to human-human interactions, but also dogs.
An investigation into how animals were adopted in an asylum found that people often focus their hearts on a certain type of dog before they arrive and change their mind when confronted with a certain puppy.
They found that some factors are more important than others, with age and playfulness highly sought after characteristics and color and purebred status less influential.
Appearance and attractiveness is also a determining factor when choosing both pets and spouses, it turned out.
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Scientists have now discovered that the unpredictability of the human heart is not limited to human-human interactions, but also dogs. People often have their heart set on a certain type of dog but change their mind when confronted with a certain puppy (stock)
"As several psychologists have shown in speed-dating experiments, physical attractiveness is very important," says Samantha Cohen, a PhD student at Indiana University.
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The researchers sorted dogs based on 13 characteristics: age, gender, color, size, purebred status, previous training, nervousness, protection, intelligence, irritability, energy level, playfulness and friendliness.
They then also assessed the presumed preferences of 1,229 people who visited dogs in an animal shelter – a total of 145 were later adopted.
They say that this concept can one day help dog owners to match and make adoption easier and more efficient.
Mrs. Cohen added: "It was my responsibility to link dogs to people based on their preferences, but I often noticed that visitors would eventually adopt a different dog than my original suggestion.
Researchers discovered that some factors are more important than others, with age and playfulness highly sought after traits and color and purebred status less influential. Appearance and attractiveness also prove to be an important factor in choosing both pets and spouses (stock)
& # 39; This study provides a reason: only certain desired traits are fulfilled beyond expectations, which means that they may have a greater impact on the selection of dogs. & # 39;
The laboratory that conducted the research normally specialized in extracting human attraction laws and the way people choose their husbands, and they established clear similarities between humans and dogs.
The researchers say they need to improve adoptions, animal shelters need to be aware that people are more inclined to use certain traits more strongly when choosing a dog.
Mrs Cohen also suggested that shelters consider interventions, such as temporary placement in a quieter environment, to help stressed or under-socialized dogs.
The research was published in the journal Behavior Research Methods.
WHAT FATAL BRAIDES DO EXPERTS SAY TO PEOPLE SHOULD BE AWAY FROM ADOPTING A DOG?
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Adopters often came to the shelter with a vision of the perfect pet and some risks are missing a good match due to too much emphasis on specific physical and personality characteristics.
For example, an adoptor who wants an Irish wolfhound because they are big, loyal and light losses may not succeed in considering a non-purebred animal with the same qualities.
Surprisingly, adopters and shelters often used different characteristics to describe the same dog.
These include subjective traits, such as obedience and playfulness, as well as seemingly objective traits, such as color.
People who have never had a dog may not understand the implications of certain behaviors.
A dog that like & # 39; playful & # 39; seen in the shelter, for example & # 39; destructive & # 39; appear in a small house.
Fear of failure
Shelters are stressful environments for dogs, whose personality shifts when they are more relaxed at home.
Choosing a dog based on personality at the shelter is similar to choosing a date based on how well they perform during public speaking.
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