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You May Be Stressing Out Your Dog

When people who own dogs are stressed, their dogs also get stressed, a new study suggests. It's another indication of how emotionally synchronized dogs and their humans can be.
Jaeleen Sattler's border collie Sprint catches a flying disc during a competition in California. New research suggests that dog stress mirrors owner stress, especially in dogs and humans who compete together. Source: Mark Ralston

Updated at 9:34 a.m. ET

If you are neurotic and anxious, your dog may be feeling the stress, too.

have found that dogs and their owners can experience synchronized emotions and stress levels, especially during acutely stressful or exciting activities such as competitions or police work. A new study followed dogs and their owners over the course of

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