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Postby TJrandom » Sat Jun 13, 2015 8:48 am

Tickle behind the ears of the owner if you want their dog to eat out of your hand….

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/news ... 7000c.html


Research: Dogs shun people who don't cooperate with owners

Love me, love my dog -- or rather, help me out or my dog won't like you, a study by Japanese researchers suggests.

Researchers including specialist in comparative cognition Kazuo Fujita, a member of Kyoto University's Graduate School of Letters, have announced the results of experiments that suggest that dogs have a tendency to dislike people who refuse to help their owners.

The results are said to indicate that dogs have the ability to emotionally evaluate people by observing interaction of third parties with no bearing on their own interests.

Similar behavior has been observed in the past among infants as well as among tufted capuchin monkeys, but the latest research marks the first time it has been confirmed among dogs, researchers say.
The findings are due to be carried in the Dutch science journal Animal Behavior in the near future.

In the group's experiments, a dog owner was placed between two other people with their dog in front of them. The owner asks one of the people for assistance to remove the lid from a container while the second person, acting as a neutral bystander, does nothing. In the first scenario, the person helps to remove the lid, while in the second, the person turns their head away and refuses to help. After both scenarios both the person who has been asked to help and the neutral bystander reach out to give the dog some food.

After four repetitions of the experiment with 18 dogs, researchers found that 14 dogs chose at least twice to accept the food from the person who had provided help in the first scenario, but in the second scenario where the person refused to help, just seven dogs accepted the food from that person -- indicating a marked difference.

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Postby nmblum88 » Sat Jun 13, 2015 1:34 pm

Data seems to corroborate whet dog lovers have always suspected (instinct? a basic misanthropy?) and often act upon?
That dogs are more loyal and thus more preferable as companions, than are their fellow humans?

Perhaps you are already familiar with the work or the writings of Konrad Lorenz, the formidable ethologist?
Who never met an animal he didn't try to meet on its own terms, in its own habitat?

He has (in a manner of speaking) honked (as well as flown) with his geese, and barked wit his dogs, and written captivatingly about all of it
His book on the behavior as well as the history of the now domesticated dog, is not only an exploration of behavioral evolution, but an evocation of the relationship between man and man's best friend, it is also about the incredible pleasure to be vicariously derived from exposure to the passion of the bona fide scientist:

Lorenz,Konrad, Man Meets Dog

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P.S. All his other works are as interesting and illuminating as well, whether about the evolution and behavioral patterns of dog, geese, etc., or about man ("On Aggression")
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Postby vanderpoel » Sat Jun 13, 2015 2:08 pm

Dogs smell fear, it ruins their appetite.
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Postby nmblum88 » Sat Jun 13, 2015 3:23 pm

vanderpoel wrote:Dogs smell fear, it ruins their appetite.

Me too…. and the reaction to fear, our own and that of others, determines many of our own actions..
Equally interesting, fear makes the female pliant, sexually submissive.
And the male, even enraged, impotent.
And that is true for the Chihuahua and the Doberman as it is for the Gorilla (including the human variety).

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Postby nmblum88 » Sat Jun 13, 2015 3:25 pm

nmblum wrote:
vanderpoel wrote:Dogs smell fear, it ruins their appetite.

Mine too…. and the reaction to fear, our own and that of others, determines many of our own actions..
Equally interesting, fear makes the female pliant, sexually submissive.
And the male, even enraged, impotent.
And that is as true for the Chihuahua and the Doberman as it is for the Gorilla (including the human variety).

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Postby Gord » Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:06 pm

Dogs in general don't like being touched on the head. They learn to put up with it because they enjoy the attention, but they'd rather receive attention in other ways: http://www.companionanimalpsychology.co ... -from.html

The authors say these results show that dogs generally don’t like to be petted on the top of their head, on their paws, or on their hind legs, and that they prefer to be petted on the side of the chest or under the chin. They conclude that dogs may misunderstand some human behaviours since they mean something else during interactions between dogs.
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