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If You Are in Trouble Will Your Dog Try to Rescue You?

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It is well recognized that we tend to have an emotional bond and empathic feelings connecting us to our dogs, however these feelings go beyond simple bonds of companionship.

Over the years some surveys have shown that people tend to feel safer when their dogs are nearby. It seems as if we believe that in a time of crisis our dogs will turn into heroes, like Lassie or Rin Tin Tin in the movies, and thus our dogs will save us from drowning, or being trapped, or warn us of impending danger.

But is there any evidence that such attempts of rescue on the part of our pets are really very likely, or is the idea of our dogs metamorphosing from couch potatoes into heroes merely a comforting fantasy?

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