Everyone knows dogs make excellent companions, but a new book says they can improve human behavior, too.
Best selling author and animal behaviorist John Bradshaw says they do so much to help us and you don’t even have to be a dog owner to experience it.
“They just make people more friendly. You don’t even have to own the dog. You just put the dog in the room, people get friendlier and more cooperative and more inclined to just open up to each other. There’s just something magic about them.”
Bradshaw, who’s latest book The Animals Among Us: How Pets Make Us Human, is one of the pioneers of the emergent field of anthrozoology, the science of human-animal interactions. He says cats are great too, but he’s partial to dogs because they are more emotionally dependent on us.
Plus, as a bonus, unlike people, he says, they always have your back.
“Well, pets listen to you and they don’t condemn you. I think we all need that from time to time. We need to have someone we can confide in, who we know isn’t going to immediately get their paws out and put it on Twitter.”
Bradshaw was a guest on McIntyre in the Morning.
Sharon Reardon, KABC News