Human + Canine – MSR (mirror self-recognition) Exercise Class
Dogs Mirror Our Stress and We Know More About How and Why? Research shows that our cortisol levels are matched by our canine companions.”Dogs mirror stress levels of owners, researchers find.” I found it extremely interesting for a number of reasons, including the fact that research has shown that dogs are very tuned into what we are feeling—they read our faces very well—and also that a recent study has shown that a person’s emotional state and confidence play a huge role in getting them to use positive reinforcement training on reactive dogs. It seems highly likely that the willingness to use positive training and its effectiveness on “difficult” dogs stems from the nature of the relationship that a dog and their human have formed. There are two sides to a dog-human relationship, and the people’s side should not be neglected. “In research that confirms what many owners will have worked out for themselves, scientists have found that the household pets are not oblivious to their owners’ anxieties, but mirror the amount of stress they feel.” It turns out that dogs store cortisol in their hair, and each hair shaft essentially functions as a record of an individual’s stress.