Dogs are very intelligent and social animals. Studies have shown that dogs are great for the social and emotional development of children. A new study focuses on another direction. This recent study shows that dogs judge people when they act badly.
A team of researchers from Kyoto University has conducted a study on an interesting topic. They wanted to find out whether or not dogs judge people when they do something bad. They were able to find out that dogs have a sense of morality.
The leader of the study, James Anderson, asked the team to make 3 scenarios. The dog sees these 3 scenarios and behaves differently. In these scenarios, the owner of the dog tries to open a can and he asks people for help. In the first scenario, the person helps the owner of the dog. In the second one, the person refuses to help. In the third scenario, the person is indifferent.
After the passersby helped or refused to help the owner they turn to the dog in order to offer it a treat. The researchers mentioned that the dog only accepted the treat from the person who helped its owner and was indifferent to the other two.
Another interesting fact is that the team repeated this test on monkeys to see how they would react. They observed that the apes had the same reaction too. This type of pattern showed that some animals are able to tell which people are behaving good or bad. This study also shows that animals tend to behave the same way as people do.
The researchers also mentioned that animals can be more sensitive around their owner because of their relationship. They feel the need to protect the owner. Other scientists mentioned that this study is a great one because it shows the bond between dogs and humans and it also shows that dogs judge people when they act badly.
This is not the first study that shows that dogs judge people. A previous study that was conducted in 2011 showed that dogs like people who give food to beggars. This shows that dogs actually understand when a person acts well. They automatically assume that the person who behaves well is a good person.
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