Natural Balance_Infographic_Media(1) (1)Consider this:  We’ve all heard the old cliche that people look like their dogs, but would you be surprised to find out that people and their dogs tend to socialize, eat, and learn new skills in very similar ways, too?

According to the “Natural Balance Canine Personality Study”— a survey of 1,015 U.S. dog parents conducted by Natural Balance Pet Foods in conjunction with Learndipity Data Insights — Americans love dogs who are often just like them:

PEOPLE CHOOSE DOGS WHO ACT JUST LIKE THEM

66% of extroverted people have extroverted dogs and there’s a 65% chance that an introverted dog will have an introverted human parent. If you’re a choosy eater, your dog is three times more likely to be one as well. If you identify as a lifelong learner, then there’s a 72% chance your dog will be good at learning new tricks.

DOGS DISPLAY COMPLEX EMOTIONS, JUST LIKE WE DO

Dogs’ personalities are highly nuanced and they experience many emotions that are all too familiar to us humans. If you’re hurt or late coming home, 90% of dog parents believe your dog is worried about you. 79% say dogs can feel embarrassment, while 93% are certain they’ve seen their dog smile.

DOGS STRONGLY INFLUENCE THE EMOTIONS OF THEIR HUMAN PARENTS

According to 79% of dog parents, their dogs consciously and actively attempt to comfort them.
55% report that their dog looks at them with loving eyes that communicate deep emotion.
52% say their dog is able to accurately sense when they are sad.
On the link below, you’ll find a fun infographic that presents these “doggone fascinating” findings.  Feel free to download and post it:

http://bit.ly/NaturalBalance-NaturalCharacters-Infographic
For more information, Natural Balance has also launched a new ‘Natural Characters’ website showcasing the unique personalities of dogs and cats across the U.S.  Pet parents can upload their own furry characters there, too.