A study conducted by veterinarian Lisa Horn of the University of Vienna showed that dogs and cats see their owners as parents, and feel more secure, motivated and happy when they are close to them. In the study, puppies in groups with parents or familiar humans were playful and confident, while those separated from them felt insecure and fearful.
When unfamiliar humans replaced the parents, the puppies lost interest in games and food. This pattern is similar to the relationship between children and parents. Therefore, it is important for pet owners to be present and loving towards their furry friends, as they mean the world to them.