Helicopter parenting better for pets than for kids

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may not be the best strategy for raising independent . But a healthy measure of clinginess and overprotectiveness could actually be advantageous when rearing dogs and cats, according to new research from UC Berkeley and California State University, East Bay.

A Web-based survey of more than 1,000 nationwide analyzed the key and nurturing styles of people who identified as a “cat person,” a “dog person,” “both” or “neither.”

Surprisingly perhaps, those who expressed the greatest affection for their pets also rated among the most conscientious and neurotic, suggesting that the qualities that make for overbearing parents might work for our domesticated canine and feline companions, who tend to require lifelong parenting.

“The fact that higher levels of are associated with affection and suggests that people who score higher on that dimension may have high levels of affection and dependence on their pets, which may be a good thing for pets,” said Mikel Delgado, a doctoral student in psychology at UC Berkeley and co-author of the study, recently published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.

The results echo those of a 2010 study by University of Texas psychologist , a UC Berkeley graduate, which showed dog owners to be more extroverted, but less open to new experiences, and cat owners to be more neurotic, but also more creative and adventurous.

While previous studies have focused on people's attachment to their pets, this is the first U.S. study to incorporate the principles of human attachment theory — which assesses the bond between parents and children or between romantic partners — with pet owners' personality types, including whether they identify as a “dog person” or “cat person.”

It is also the first to find a positive correlation between neuroticism, anxious attachment and the care of and affection for pets, said CSU-East Bay psychologist Gretchen Reevy, co-author of the paper and a graduate of UC Berkeley.

Delgado and Reevy recruited male and female pet owners of all ages through the Craigslist classified advertising website, their personal Facebook pages and pet-related pages on the Reddit news and social networking site. Nearly 40 percent of those surveyed said they liked dogs and cats equally, while 38 percent identified as dog people and 19 percent as cat people. A mere 3 percent favored neither.

The online questionnaire was based on both human and animal attachment assessments, including one that measures the “Big Five” overarching human characteristics (openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism). Pet owners were also rated according to the Lexington Attachment to Pets Scale, which measures affection for pets, and the Pet Attachment Questionnaire, which gauges “anxious attachment” and “.”

People who score high on anxious attachment tend to need more reassurance from the objects of their affection, and in the survey those tended to be younger people who chose a

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    • Bret Vines
    • January 17, 2015

    please don’t get your dogs from breeders. Go to a shelter. So many sweet
    dogs need homes.And love.

    • Steven McCanna
    • January 17, 2015

    At 24:01 99.98 percent of all dog genome is the same yet they said all
    because of a .2% error they must have meant .02
    that would make a huge difference.

    • 0110x
    • January 17, 2015

    hahaha the eyes of the dog wanting help getting the meat

    • Andy Greggs
    • January 17, 2015

    A lot of untruths about dogs here

    • mariko medina
    • January 17, 2015

    lol my names Mariko

    • LPS BlueFox
    • January 17, 2015

    I hate the way that the 4 breeds of dogs were banned in britan
    (I don’t know exactly how the quote goes but) ‘We are to ban dogs like the
    Japanese Togo and Pitbulls, these dogs have no place in our homes’
    I mean, Pitties are so sweet, and the Japanese Togo were used in fights,
    but I think these dogs are wonderful. It’s not fair at all how I and other
    british people like me can’t own dogs like thse.

    • NativePrairie WolfTwo
    • January 17, 2015

    Just what we need, another aggressive pitbull type dog in the Dogo
    Argentina breed, just wait till they wind up in the media after attacks-
    the next “pitbull” for the media to feed on

    • Dan McDermott
    • January 17, 2015

    the bull terrier is mans best achievement, I have owned them for 15 years
    and am still amazed everyday by their personality and tenaciousness…also
    amazing with children and other dogs-win!

    • TheDaedalx
    • January 16, 2015

    “I don’t suppose the Egyptians really have the knowledge to..” You fucking
    Tard. All your knowledge comes from the Egyptians.

    • Benjamin Becerra
    • January 16, 2015

    Why do evolutionists want to promote their believes with lies. Dogs don’t
    mutate. There is no mutation here it’s gene selection.

    • MrBroski619
    • January 16, 2015

    Preach it bro
    We should ban or restrict dog shows for apperance

    • Paco Ramos
    • January 16, 2015

    Igiiiii up polls in east coast and I’ll b

    • Luu GgLvMeAlone
    • January 16, 2015

    umm….testing gene therapy in dogs can hardly be categorized as
    “friendship”…what happened to those failed experiments?

    • Andrea Serrano
    • January 16, 2015

    Wolf+dingo=dog simple

    • Benjamin Becerra
    • January 16, 2015

    Question, when you tamper with a dogs behavior you automatically tamper
    with the way he looks right?

    • Farley Boy
    • January 16, 2015

    I have an American bull dog, who is the most loving dog I’ve ever known.
    The other side of him is that he protects me and my family with fierce
    loyalty and has NO fear of anyone or any other animal. His best friend is a
    little mixed breed dog that is about 25 lbs and He is 125.

    • MrsJWife
    • January 16, 2015

    I enjoyed this documentary, put together very well and quite informative.

    • Violetaquatik
    • January 16, 2015

    I am very impressive with that obsesive compulsive disorder bull terrier…
    I mean how is posible the medicalization of society works on dogs too? But
    the more weird was the dog takes Prozac!
    I mean how a dog could suffer from a disorder who is related with humans

    • Benjamin Becerra
    • January 16, 2015

    Wow the more I watch this the more lies I find. @ min 9:00 it says that
    they fed the faster dog better, so a healthier dog can reproduce better. So
    he got more offsprings because he was fed more food??? Nothing that you do
    to that dog could change his DNA, he was already born like that. If you
    feed any dog more he’ll be fatter. The saluki lifts it’s legs in a sycle
    twice just like any other dog or any horse.

    • January 16, 2015

    what we do to dogs ….THE ALIENS ARE DOING TO HUMANS.

    • steevee1945
    • January 16, 2015

    The last segment comparing dogs to wolves is flawed.
    The wolf does not look to the human to solve the problem because it has not
    learned the relationship yet.
    It still lives with a pack of other wolves.
    Raise a wolf pup in your house/family and it will respond just like a dog.

    • Joe Insomniac
    • January 16, 2015

    This isn’t a documentary — it’s a DOGumentary!

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