New Study: Dogs Can Feel Their Owner’s Stress

For many, when it comes to our pets, they’re like our children. We love to spoil them and keep them happy.

The last thing we’d want to do is make them feel bad, scared or upset.

But get this: new research shows that when dog owners go through a stressful time that lasts for several weeks, that tension/pressure is transferred to our furbabies.

The research was published earlier this summer in “Scientific Reports.”

Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey teamed up with Dr. Keith Dorton at Scranton Animal Hospital to show how the study was done, what it means, and how we can keep our four-legged friends feeling a little happier.

The study is one of few that shows how long-term periods of stress in humans can affect dogs.

To read the research for yourself, click here.


  • Rusty Knyffe

    There are receptors in the roofs of their mouths that detect changes in airborne hormones. People (and, other complex organisms) release adrenaline and cortisol when they are under stress or anxious, and the animals (ALL animals) are able to detect this change. They do not “feel” their owners’ stress more than detect it via physiology. This isn’t new information and I would like to get in on a similar grant to study how the NAPA responds to response conditioning, myself.

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