DOG, WHAT'S UP? People believe they can READ their pets' minds for obvious reasons.
If you're a dog owner, you probably think you are: 74 percent of 2,000 dog owners claimed they are convinced they know what their pet wants at any given time, according to a recent survey.
Similarly, 71% of pet owners believe that their dogs understand them.
The survey, which was conducted on behalf of Ollie for National Pet Day, questioned respondents how well they knew their canine companions.
Many people have humorous, eccentric, and devoted dogs, according to the poll, which asked respondents to describe their furry friends' attributes and traits.
The majority of pet owners claimed it took about six months to get to the point of "mind-reading" through bonding activities such as playing ball/fetch (50 percent) or taking them for walks (48 percent).
Owners stated that "sit," "lay down," and "stay" were among the easiest commands they taught their dogs in order to interact better with them.
Other orders, like as "down," "dinnertime," and "no," took a little longer for their furry buddy to master.
TEST OF PERSONALITY
Most dog owners are so familiar with their pets that 70% of them think of them as their "mini-me" since they have similar traits.
Owners are likely to characterize their dogs as "The Guardian" (protective, imposing, attached), "The Family Dog" (easy to get along with, great with children, gentle), or "The Class Clown" when it comes to their personality (goofy, entertaining, clumsy).
Parents of "The Guardian" and "The Dedicated Worker" (reliable, obedient, high-energy) dogs believe they are particularly interested in knowing what their dogs want, with more than 80% of such dog owners claiming to know what their pets are thinking.
Similarly, 72 percent of all dog owners believe they know what their pets will do before they do it, with three out of five owners of "The Class Clown" believing they know what antics their dog will engage in next (62 percent).
Two out of every three people who own curious dogs, such as "The WatchDog" (vigilant, attentive, barks a lot) and "The Independent Thinker" (intelligent, inquisitive, prefers to do things on their own), claim to know what goes through their furry friend's mind (65 percent).
Many respondents with a mini-me pet think they're as funny as their "Class Clown" (64 percent), but others, like "The Dedicated Worker," insist they're the ones everyone can count on (84 percent).
And half of those with "Social Butterfly" puppies (high-energy, loving attention, outgoing) recognize themselves in their pup's pleasant actions (54 percent).
This personal connection has an impact on how pet owners treat their pets to some extent, particularly when it comes to diet.
"Many pet parents are daunted by the sheer number of options available. There are so many options, how do you choose the best one for your family?" Bridget Meadow, the head of food at Ollie, agreed.
"We have two consumers to serve in terms of food development: the pet parent who chooses the food choices and the pet who eats the food."
"Their demands don't always completely match, so it's crucial to strive to balance them by ensuring that the pet gets the flavor they like as well as the essential nutrients they need in a format that their human parent will accept."
WARNING: DIFFICULTY AHEAD
The 78 percent of pet parents who say their dog knows exactly when they're doing something they shouldn't can benefit from knowing what follows next with their animal buddies.
Because 68 percent of owners believe their dogs are too energetic to keep up with, two out of five (41 percent) have "doggie proofed" their homes by fastening goods or passageways.
When dog owners have clumsy, high-energy canines like "The Class Clown" (27 percent) or "The Watch Dog," they find themselves guarding their houses (41 percent).
People have "doggie proofed" their houses by putting dangerous objects out of reach (43 percent), covering garbage cans and keeping them out of sight (41%), and blocking small spaces (39 percent).
Pet parents describe their dogs as affectionate (35 percent), playful (33 percent), and intelligent, regardless of their personality type (32 percent).
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It's no surprise that three out of four dog owners want their pups to eat as well as they do because they love them so much.
This is especially true because a similar percentage of owners report that their dogs are happier after eating nutritious meals (74 percent).