Cat or dog? This is a question that can be argued forever. But there is one fact about dogs that may change your mind about which animal is best to choose. You trust your dog, but does she trust you?
The study was conducted by a scientist Akiko Takaoka from Kyoto University. He and his colleagues wanted to know if the dog would believe a man who was deliberately lying to her. The experiment was carried out in 3 stages to understand how quickly the animal can determine that it is an unreliable person.
A team of scientists argues that this study is very important for further study of dog behavior. It shows us that dogs are more willing to interact with honest people, adds John Bradshaw of the University of Bristol.
As part of the experiment
The owner of the dog first pointed to a food container. The animal ran to him. Then the man pointed to an empty container. The dog was deceived and followed the gesture.
It was already known that dogs are interested in objects that the owner points to. In other words, they correctly understand human gestures. But it turned out that if the gestures are inconsistent, the dog becomes nervous and tense.
Not a single animal approached the farthest, empty container. The second time they did not believe the deception. The experiment was attended by 34 dogs, and they all showed the same results, according to Animal Cognition. Dogs use their previous experience to determine whether to trust a person.
Takaoka plans to conduct a similar experiment with wolves – the closest relatives of dogs. In the meantime, current research has shown that dogs are curious about new things, but quickly draw conclusions about whether to continue to trust a person.
Extensive research has shown that dogs also understand the relationship their owners have with other people
In an experiment, dog owners asked strangers for help. After that, people were offered to treat the dog. The behavior of animals surprised everyone.
Pets did not take food from those who behaved rudely with their owners. They preferred to be fed by those who helped. Dogs are less willing, but still took a treat from people who ignored the request. However, the rude and aggressive participants in the experiment were not able to earn confidence.
Another independent study showed similar results: dogs read social standards very well. In the same way they avoided people who treated their masters badly.
Before that, it was proved that dogs read our gestures and facial expressions. Now we know more about these animals. They can decipher our gestures in order to understand whether to follow our prompts. Nevertheless, studies show that dogs mostly live in the present, “thinking” about the past or future only in non-standard situations.
But if you often cheat on a dog, it will not trust and obey you. And if the dog does not like your friends, maybe something is wrong with your friendship?