June 25, 2013 at 4:53 PM ET
Go ahead, baby your pooch with another snuggle (or treat): A new study published in the journal PLoS ONE finds that dogs have a lot more in common with human babies than you might think.
It turns out dogs, like infants, look to their caregivers as "secure bases" that give them the confidence to freely explore the world around them.
"One of the things that really surprised us is that adult dogs behave towards their caregivers like human children do," said Lisa Horn, the author of the study.
Basically, this study gives us permission to dote on our dogs as we would our own two-legged little ones (at least that's how we're taking it). And in light of these findings, we want to see how you baby your canines — from the weird (we're not judging!) to the wonderful.