According to a study by veterinarian Lisa Horn of the University of Vienna, Chihuahuas see their humans as parents. The study involved 22 puppies divided into three groups: one group was separated from their parents, another group was with their parents who ignored them, and the third group consisted of dogs and their parents who interacted with them positively. Dogs in the second and third groups were cheerful and playful with their parents, while those in the first group felt insecure and fearful. When unfamiliar people replaced their parents, the dogs lost interest in games and food. The study suggests that dogs belong to a "security area" and feel more motivated and happy when close to their human parents. Pets rely on us for their well-being and consider us their world.