Our Dogs Are Our Reflections

Our dogs are our reflections. I think we all have seen people who act just like their dogs — and vice versa. But why is that so? How do our dogs seem to be just like us?

Our dogs are our reflections Hachi: A Dog's Tale

From the film based on a true story, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

Do you remember that animated movie, 101 Dalmatians? It was such a unique movie because it showed a different side of the canine world. Of course, none of it is real, it was not based on a real story, but there is a part in it that is one of my favorites because it shows how our dogs are our reflections.

101 Dalmatians Showed it Plainly

It’s that scene in 101 Dalmatians right in the beginning when different owners are walking by with their dogs on leashes and the dogs look like their owners. Remember it? I like it because it is a visual representation of the fact that dogs do reflect their owners.

Oh, not physically (well, maybe sometimes!) but mostly in behavior and attitude. Dogs are our reflections. That sounds a little funny, but it is true!

Our Dogs are Our Reflections Psychologically Confirmed

An Article in Psychology Today, “Life History and Owner’s Nature Shape a Dog’s Personality”, suggests that the owner’s attributes shape the dog’s overall behavior. It talks about a massive study that was conducted in Budapest, Hungary and was published in the Behavioral Processes journal.

Over 14,000 dogs were studied (and probably even given treats!). They were studied along with their owner’s lifestyle and the conclusions were very interesting. It seems that the calmer dogs were dogs owned by the same owner since birth, or older dogs usually over the age of seven.

An interesting fact was that dogs owned by men seemed calmer than those owned by women. Dogs who lived in a household with other dogs seemed more mellow and trained dogs seemed calmer than those who weren’t trained.

Isn’t it funny how a dog’s excitability is often set by its owner?

The test showed that the dog’s sociability was determined by age and by the time and attention that the owner spends with the dog. If the dog is loved and spent quality time with, the more social it will become.

Well, that stands to reason, doesn’t it? It just shows how much dogs are our reflections — even in this sense.

Fearful Dogs Reflect Our Behavior

Fearful traits in dogs were also studied. These are the animals that are scared. Have they been abused? Have they been homeless? What has made them so fearful? Animal shelters are full of them and have proven time and again that with just a lot of love from the right new owner, these dogs can come out of their emotional shell and be truly happy.

These are the dogs that can change lives.

Shelter dogs and those on the streets need love just as all other dogs do. These are the down and outs, the little ones with very low standards that have been beaten down by the human world without any fault of their own and they need our love and attention to help make them whole again.

Their fearful reflection was set by something that scared them, be that catalyst human or another animal, and they need our help to build their trust and love again. This can be done because with love and patience but it will happen because dogs reflect their current owner’s emotions and personality.

Aren’t they resilient and amazing animals?


This just goes to show that dogs are our reflections in many ways. They often act just as you would given different situations. Treat your dog well and they’ll do the same to you! How is your dog a reflection of you? Let me know in the comments!

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