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Coming home stressed? Your dog is internalizing those bad vibes too, study suggests

Is your dog stressed out? Maybe you're the one who needs a belly rub.

New research finds that throughout a dog's life, the stress levels of a canine and his or her human tend to rise and fall together. In fact, stress in a dog appears to be more closely linked to the stress of its owner than it is to the dog's own temperament.

In the 15,000 years that humans and dogs have lived together, dependence and mutual affection have deepened our bond. And science has long established that "emotional contagion" between us and our canine pets is very real.

The new study, published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports, is the first to find that this contagion is

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