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Pets - Education for Children and Parents - Sheldon and Friends - Dogs Are Family Too

Helping to educate children and parents about responsibility and empathy towards dogs and other animals. Keeping safe around dogs, being kind to all animals ...
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Can Dogs Feel Our Emotions?

Can Dogs Feel Our Emotions? | Empathy and pets | Scoop.it

Contagious yawning may be a form of cross-species empathy.

 

Pets are good for us. Pets provide companionship, exercise, affection, and opportunities to interact with neighbors. Animals have been used effectively in therapy. They provide companionship for lonely children and older adults. And, almost everybody talks to their pets. But, do they understand us? Can they feel our emotions?

 

One recent study shines some light on this question. In a very interesting study conducted Romero, Konno, and Hasegawa (2013), 25 dogs of varied breeds were studied to test cross species empathy. It was reasoned that contagious yawning is related to social communication and empathy. This is supported by previous nueropsych and questionnaire research with both primates and humans. It is also known that empathic humans mimic yawning more than non-empathic ones. Furthermore, it is believed that dogs can read their owners moods. However, there is very little research testing contagious yawning across species, e.g. between humans and dogs. As stated by the authors, “If contagious yawning indeed is related to the capacity for empathy, it could become a powerful tool to explore the root of empathy in animal evolution by studying cross-species contagious yawning.”

 

by Jann Gumbiner, Ph.D.


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How Pets Teach Children Empathy and Compassion - Pet Health Center

How Pets Teach Children Empathy and Compassion - Pet Health Center | Empathy and pets | Scoop.it

Animals are a great influence on kids, teaching them empathy and compassion. Learn more about the positive effects pets have on kids.

Pets and children share a deep bond, one that teaches children empathy, compassion and respect. ..

Legacy of Empathy - That legacy includes the lifelong skill of empathy – feeling the feelings of others, knowing when someone is uncomfortable, caring enough to change your behavior so that the other person becomes more comfortable.

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Animals Teach Children Empathy and Compassion

Animals Teach Children Empathy and Compassion | Empathy and pets | Scoop.it

Research around the world demonstrates the tremendous benefits of owning a pet.


Studies show that children who own pets have more empathy and nurturing ability, and as they grow into adulthood, essential skills to develop meaningful relationships.


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