Dogs Can Tell When Someone Is Mean To You
I have often heard this quote, " I am suspicious of people who don't like dogs, but I trust a dog when it doesn't like a person". That quote may or may not have been uttered by comedian Bill Murray but it doesn't matter. I believe in that theory.
Well according to Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews there are now, even more, reasons to lend credence to our trust in dogs. The group did a study of dogs, their owners, and strangers. The report findings support the fact that dogs are in fact our best friends and they remember people who aren't nice to us.
The set up of the experiment involved a dog's owner asking for help to open a jar. In some cases, the stranger offered to help. In other cases, the stranger did not offer assistance. In the third scenario, the stranger adamantly refused to help open the jar. All of these scenarios occurred in the presence of the dog.
Researchers noticed that in the cases where the stranger helped or did nothing to help the dog remained neutral toward the stranger. However, in the scenario where the stranger adamantly refused to help their owner the dog actually held a grudge.
How big of a grudge are we talking about? According to the story from HelloGiggles.com dogs wouldn't take treats from researchers who adamantly refused to help their owners.
That leads me back to another famous quote about dogs. This one comes from iconic author and writer Mark Twain. "The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog".