SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — New studies that show that dogs can develop an attachment to their guardians that is very much like how infants become attached to their parents.

According to Dr. Jennifer Scarlett with the San Francisco SPCA, she said it’s much like secure base effect in kids where dogs demonstrate behavior where they’re more likely to interact with strangers, with toys and to play with other dogs if they’re with their guardians.

“The more we understand about attachment, the more we can understand how the human-animal bond can help people heal,” Scarlett said.

Another way that it helps is with shelters that encounter animals that have become detached from people. It can explain their behavior when they first come into the shelter, but also how to help modify that behavior and to find them a new home.

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