Animals help owners communicate with other people - Wikipet
Ekaterina Kastritskaya, psychologist, specialist in animal therapy, consultant on animal behavior and well-being
Some owners have enough communication with pets. However, the researchers concluded that animals help owners communicate with other people. How do they do that?
Scientists pondered this question and conducted a series of studies.
Hunt, Hart and Gomulkiewicz (1992) studied the role of small animals (rabbits and turtles) in communication between strangers in the park. It was found that the presence of the pets was enough for unfamiliar children and adults to speak with their owners. No effort was needed.
In a similar ethnographic study, Robins, Sanders, and Cahill (1991) studied the communication dynamics of dog owners in a park. The authors came to the conclusion that dogs expand the sphere of acquaintances of their owners, promote positive communication of previously unfamiliar people and help to build trusting relationships. Dogs also help build friendships.
One of the explanations is that people have an interest in those with whom there is any similarity. It is logical to assume that even people of different nationalities, level of education, socio-economic status can find a common language in the "animal" issue and be placed on each other .
Source: “Healthy enjoyment of their community: companion animals and human well-being”, Karen Allen, Department of Medicine, Buffalo State University of New York