Your Dog Really Is Your Best Friend

A recent study showed a dog's owner getting help from someone, getting rejected from someone else, and getting neither accepted nor rejected by a neutral party. The dogs were more likely to take food from the neutral party. This evidence shows that dogs do not always act out of self interest, and are able to cooperate socially.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. A recent study suggests dogs reject people who are not nice to their owners. 00:00

  2. Learn about the study that was conducted to see if dogs would respond differently to people who were mean to their owners: 00:13

  3. Dogs, like humans, may be able to act out of assessment of others instead of purely self interest. 00:50

Written by Curiosity Staff June 18, 2015