New research suggests that dogs may be able to tell if someone is “bad.” It’s a recurring metaphor in many movies: animals have a “sixth sense” about humans. Whether it’s a body snatching sci-fi flick, a dog that can track a disguised demon, or knowing who the real murderer is. Akiko Takaoka of Kyoto University in Japan concluded from the results of his three-part experiment that dogs can really know if anyone can be trusted.
They chose a test method and had their dogs participate in a series of tests to see how they would react to those who lied to them. Scientists involved in the study believe that their study will help provide better insights into dog behavioral patterns. We also find that dogs prefer “safe” results, according to the John Blood Show at the University of Bristol.
The experiment was conducted as follows. The dog owner was instructed to point to a container of food. After that, the dog rushed to the container containing the food. Then they were presented with a container containing zero food. The dog owner pointed to an empty trash can, and the dog rushed to the trash can and was disappointed that there was no food in the trash can. The discrepancy between the gestures and the results caused visible stress and anxiety in the dog during the experiment. In fact, all 34 dogs in the experiment ignored hand gestures in the third run after being fooled by an empty bowl during the experiment. The dog refused to trust the person who lied to them, knowing that they were inconsistent or had a history of lies.
So, based on previous experience, the dog knew if anyone was a liar. Akiko will perform an experiment similar to the wolf, the direct ancestor of her tame furry friend. He wants to determine if this is a learned behavior of dogs around humans or a natural feature of dogs. Another interesting finding in the study shows that the way people treat dog owners reflects how animals interact with them. For example, if someone is mean or offensive to the dog’s owner, the dog will not accept treats from the mean.
In this study, dog owners turned to people for help. Those who helped the owner tried to feed the dog’s treat, and the puppeteer was happy to eat it. But those who were rude to their owners were turned down-dog affection couldn’t be bought with a cheap dog treat.
Another study showed dogs the ability to understand different social rules. Using the same “help test”, dogs have decided to avoid and ignore rude people when their owners ask for help and support. Basically, dogs aren’t willing to ride with people who aren’t willing to ride with their best friends. So if you’re with a group of friends and your dog doesn’t like one of them for some reason, they may have shown some unreliable traits at some point.