Pet Dogs Synchronize Walking Pace With Owners [research study]

Further progress in the study of whether and how pet dogs synchronize their walking pace with that of their owners:

Pet Dogs Synchronize Their Walking Pace With That of Their Owners In Open Outdoor Areas,” Charlotte Duranton, Thierry Bedossa, and Florence Gaunet, Animal Cognition, epub 2017. The authors, at Aix-Marseille University, AVA Association [Cuy-Saint-Fiacre], and Alfort National Veterinary School, France, explain:

“We found that dogs visibly synchronized both their location (staying in close proximity) and their activity (moving when their owner moved, and at the same pace, and standing still when their owner stood still) with those of their owners. By demonstrating that owners act as attractors for their dogs in an outdoor space, the present study contributes new data to the understanding of interspecific behavioural synchronization.”

BONUS: Here is an earlier, dog-educational video starring co-author Thierry Bedossa:

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