Dogs Don't Like It When You're Rude And Unhelpful

  • Dogs Don't Like It When You're Rude And Unhelpful

Dogs Don't Like It When You're Rude And Unhelpful

Your dog probably knows when you're being a jerk, and judges you for it. Dog's long lasting relationship with humans has made them very sensitive to our behavior towards dogs and other humans. And while you may think that no dog could resist a free treat, you'd be surprised at the results of Kyoto University's lead researcher, comparative psychologistJames Anderson's, experiment.

When the second actor was helpful, the monkey made no preference on where to receive the reward.

This might be a peek into our sense of morality, when human studies also demonstrate that by age 1, human babies already begin to judge people by how they interact.

Dogs refuse to bond with humans they perceive as cold towards other people's needs, researchers found. Frustrated, he then asks three passersby for help to open the can.

The study found when the actor was helpful, the monkey showed no preference between accepting the reward from the struggler or helper, but when the actor refused to help the person struggling, the monkey more often gravitated toward the person struggling. Dogs watched their owners open a container, while actors waited in the wings to help, act passively, or outright refuse to help them out. After his or her interaction with the person struggling, each actor would offer a treat to the dog. Additionally, the dogs refused (in the majority of cases) to take the treats from the actors who had acted boorish and refused to help at all.

In 2011 at the same university dogs were shown to prefer people who gave food to beggars over those who refused. Anderson believes that his and his team's research shows that some mammals make similar social evaluations, telling New Scientist, "If somebody is behaving antisocially, they probably end up with some sort of emotional reaction to it". The researchers said the experiments suggest the dog's long relationship with humans may have made them more sensitive to our feelings.

In humans, he explained further, a basic sensitivity around antisocial tendencies develops into an actual sense of morality as one grows up and becomes taught. So don't be a jerk - at least not when you're with your dog.