It’s no wonder why so many people call their dogs their “babies” or say, “My dogs are like my children”—their behaviors are so similar, it’s uncanny! They make friends with other dogs based on how similar their personalities are. Dogs are significantly smarter than we give them credit for, and most importantly, they essentially learn everything from watching their owners. Just like children, everything we do affects them. If a dog’s owner is overprotective and keeps her dog away from the outside world, the dog becomes afraid of nearly everything—other dogs, other people, the squirrels outside the window…everything. The more attention and affection we give our dogs as puppies, the smarter and more well-adjusted they become as adult dogs. Just like children, we get out of our four-legged pals what we put into them.