Are you a cat person or a dog person? This question has been debated for years. Here’s another fact that may change your mind when choosing a pet. You trust your dog, but does it trust you?
Everyone loves facts – especially facts about animals. A recent study shows that dogs can easily find out if a person is reliable or not. Dogs are real detectives and they can always tell us when something’s wrong.
The study was conducted by Akiko Takaoka of Kyoto University in Japan. The scientist and his colleagues wanted to know if a dog would trust a person who lied to it. They divided the experiment into 3 parts. The researches wanted to know if dogs could understand whether or not a person is trustworthy.
The group claims that the research has a potential implication in dogs’ behavioral studies. According to John Bradshaw with the University of Bristol, the study tells us that dogs prefer this world to be fair and certain.
In the experiment, the owners would first point to a container with food and the dog would immediately run to it. The second time, the owner would point to an empty container. The dog was tricked and once again approached the container.
It is known that most of the dogs would run towards an object which owners are pointing at. Also, it is believed that dogs are able to understand human gestures. And if the gestures are inconsistent, dogs can easily become angry and stressed.
The last time, the dog would not follow the pointing hand. They do not believe the liars. In the experiment, 34 dogs took part and every single one of them showed the same results. Dogs would use their previous experience to know when a person is erratic.
Mr. Takaoka wants to involve wolves in the next experiment, since they are the closest relatives to dogs. When it comes to discovering new things, dogs are always curious.
Moreover, dogs also control how other people behave with their owners. In another research, dog owners asked people for help. Then, the people were trying to give the dogs a treat. And believed or not, everyone was shocked by the dogs’ reaction!
Dogs would not take a treat from people who behaved badly or rudely with their owners. They preferred to be fed by those who were kind and helpful. Even those who did nothing in response were welcomed. Rude and aggressive people will never earn dogs’ trust.
One more study reported by Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews, claims that dogs can understand the communication between their owners and total strangers. In the experiment, two groups of strangers were asked for their help. The dogs showed a good understanding of social rules. They ignored people who treated their owners badly.
Not long ago, researchers proved that dogs are able to read our gestures and facial expressions. Now we know more about them and they are much more intelligent than we think. They can ‘decode’ our guests and can also decide if they want to follow social signs. However, studies show that dogs live in the present and they don’t really care about the past or future.
Once you trick your dog, it will no longer trust you. And, if your dog doesn’t like your friends, maybe you should ask yourselves are they your real friends?
How clever is your dog?