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Dogs can be infected, if your master is under Stress. A new study by the University of Linköping in Sweden shows. The scientists believe that dogs the stress level of its owner and not Vice versa. The study was published in the journal Scientific Reports.
Over several months the researchers tracked the stress levels of 58 dogs and their owners, by the concentration of the stress hormone Cortisol in the hair of man and dog. "We found that the cortisol levels in the dog and its owner war" over a longer period of time in sync;, Ann-Sofie Sundman, Department of physics, chemistry and biology Linköping University, main author of the study and a doctor of ethology said.
The researchers examined with the help of questionnaires, whether the Stress with personality correlated characteristics. As a result, the dog personality had little long-term to the stress level, the personality of the owner, however, strong. The researchers had to conclude that the dog reflects the Stress of his owner is reflected.
For the study, 25 of Border Collies, and 33 Shetland sheepdogs were examined, which were all owned by women. The owners and the dogs were in the distance of some months the two hair samples. Also, since physical activity can increase cortisol levels, this was recorded at the dogs for a week with an Activity collar.