Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Can Dogs Tell If You’re A Bad Person? The Answer Is Fascinating

Have you ever noticed that your dog seems to react strangely to certain people
It’s not uncommon for dog owners to notice that their dogs don’t like particular people, although sometimes
    it’s unclear why

dog and human
If you’ve ever noticed that your dog reacts negatively toward certain people, there’s actually scientific evidence that it may be because they recognize that they’re a bad person
Researchers tested the hypothesis that dogs can tell if people are being mean to one another
grumpy dog
An article published in Neuroscience and Behavioural Reviews claims that dogs can recognize when someone is being a good person, and are particularly adept at realizing when people are being horrible to one another
dog watching
To perform the study, researchers had dog owners act out two separate scenarios while their dogs watched
In the first scenario, the dog owner struggled to open a container, then asked two researchers to help. One researcher helped, while the other stood by passively
In the second scenario, the dog owner again struggled with a container and asked for help. One researcher watched passively, but the other actively refused to help
dog treat
After both scenarios, researchers offered the dog a treat
In the first scenario, the dog was just as likely to take a treat from the passive researcher as the helpful researcher
In the second scenario, however, the dog was much more likely to ignore the treat from the person who was mean to their owner (refused to help)

pug watching
The researchers concluded that dogs can tell when someone is being mean to another person, then they react accordingly
So if your dog ever refuses to take a treat from someone for seemingly no reason, they may actually think that they’re a bad person