Dogs are amazing creatures and there is no doubt why they are awarded as the animal which won the hearts of humans. Being tagged as “man’s bestfriend” since the start of time, dogs fulfill to their titles by staying by our sides, showing us their unwavering loyalty and unconditional love, and simply making us feel accepted and loved by their simple canine ways. The way they look and the way they wag their tails even after being scolded or left alone in the house for a day make them worthy of the title they have been given.
Apart from being our bigtime friends and buddies, dogs are also known as fans of the human race. Unlike cats that see us as their servants, dogs see us as their masters that they need to follow and please no matter what – and they do this voluntarily and happily. One of the ways by which this behavior can be seen is through “shadowing”. Dogs know they flatter us by copying our behaviors. Well, actually we make it obvious by swooning, laughing and smothering them with kisses everytime they act like humans. Add also the fact that they live with us and our routines are engraved inside their minds. All the things we do, our dogs notice. Just like this cute fluffy Shih Tzu over here which is spending a sleepy afternoon with her owner. Wearing a violet ribbon on her topknot, this dog got some yawning going on. Everytime her owner would try to yawn and accompany it by a loud “OOOOHHHH”, this furball’s attention is all reserved and focused. She may not fully copy her owner and make the yawning sound, but this dog is trying her best to open her mouth as if she is yawning and showing her teeth whenever her owner smiles. Trained or not, this copycat behavior of dogs is an instinct and happens automatically. Living with humans has made them developed such behavior that usually starts out of curiosity and eventually glued onto their brains because of the routine nature of the behavior. Remember that dogs live on rules, commands and habits. They love being told what to do and being shown routines. They work best in this type of environment and most probably the best reason why they adapt very well with a human lifestyle.