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New Study Just Released: Having Dogs Is Like Having Kids. Do You Agree?

According to a new study just released, owning a pet is in fact similar to having a child. Lisa Horn of Vetmeduni’s Messerli Research Institute set out to study dog-owner dynamics, and she headed an experiment conducted at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna. In her study she found that a feeling many pet-owners will tell you is that they often sense that a pet can come to seem like a full-fledged member of the family, even like a kid. We all know what it is like to come home to a pet who has been anxiously waiting to see us all day, and how much they look up to us as members of their own unique family, and the absolute specialness of this relationship. It’s a fact central to the way we live as human beings.

With the connection we feel to our pets can come many upsides: the warmth and love we receive from a pet can provide solace in times of need and in times of happiness. It’s no secret why dogs have had such a bond with humans for years for example — they seem to understand our emotional states sometimes better than we know them ourselves.

In turn, we care best for our extra members of the family when we find others who can help us care for them in our absence, an experience that can cause stress between owner and pet. Here at Citizen Canine in Oakland understands this fact and seeks to provide the warmest inner-life possible for your dog. For this reason availability is made for adventure hikes for dogs, spacious rooms rather than cages, and a value system that is rooted in treating dogs with enormous care and empathy.

This is because Citizen Canine understands that just like children, dogs need the sort of emotional attention that best serves their dynamic psychological well-being. For this reason, we seek to ensure the best possible care for these members of your family, providing care and service that will make the facilities a second home.

Whether it’s a dog that looks up to you when you’re at your best, or a cat that can make you feel the sort of warmth and fellow-feeling that makes life reach its highest points, there is no doubt that pets are a reminder that our four-legged friends are just as strong sometimes as those to our two-legged friends. That’s exactly why we ensure that your dog will have warmth and happiness while you’re away. They understand that special bond!