If you picked your dog, you probably chose him based on his look. You thought he was cute and you couldn't possibly leave the shelter without his cute, furry face in tow. As humans, we are naturally attracted to things by the way that they look. You wouldn't choose a dog that wasn't appealing to the eye, just like you wouldn't choose a boyfriend or girlfriend that way.
Chances are that if your hair is long, light and wavy, so is Fido's. Like his looks, you most likely had a natural connection to your pup based on his style. If he's long and lanky like you, you had an instant connection to his body type. You want a companion that has the same style as you, so you can do things together.
Like human companions, many people choose their pet companions based on similar personality traits. Athletic people like athletic dogs because they can take Fido with them on hikes, runs and swims. They may have witnessed their dog running on their first visit. Fashionistas may go for smaller teacup pets to have them tag along on shopping trips and manicure sessions. Those pups were most likely perched on a pillow during their first meet and greet. The same goes for the brainiac who's looking for a regular study buddy, meeting a pup that's loyal and instantly attached.
Believe it or not, people also choose their pet companions based on what is familiar to them. Not only do you know yourself pretty well, but you'll also recognize family characteristics in a pet. Did you have a yellow lab growing up and have one now? That's because you knew about the yellow lab and felt comfortable with bringing him into your home once again.
As time goes on, you and your dog get to know each other pretty well. Meaning that your dog will tend to take on a few of your facial expressions. From your mouth to your eyes... to even your body movements, Fido will learn to act like his owner. And the same goes for you too. If you see Fido make a cute head cock when learning something, you may imitate him and pick up the behavior yourself. Just as a husband and wife take on similar physical and emotional traits, so will a dog and his owner.
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