How your dog can detect a bad friend

25 August 2018, 06:14 PM
How dog can detect a bad friend ( Photo:Twitter/@youngft5sos)
How dog can detect a bad friend ( Photo:Twitter/@youngft5sos)

Dogs are called Men’s best friend but do you trust your dogs enough not to trust your new friend? The answer is yes!

Dogs have lived with humans for more than 10,000 years. And what makes them a good judge of character is because of their keen observation skills and their ability to pick up a person’s emotional cues. So yes! If your dog does not trust or acts uneasy with your new friend around it is time to unfriend them! Several studies have proven that dogs have a mental capacity of a two-three-year old, their mental cognizance can extend beyond that.

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Scientists say that a dog will refuse to obey the command of untrustworthy people. An experiment showed the dogs being pointed to a container which contained food. Next the researcher pointed to a container that was empty. In the end, even if the researcher pointed the dogs to a container with food, the dogs no longer trusted him. Dogs are hence, not fooled by misleading cues and will stop responding when the person proved unreliable.Once a dog decides that a person is unreliable, it stops following the cues they give.

Dogs hence have more sophisticated social intelligence than they are perceived. This ability perhaps has to do with their long life history with humans. Dogs are one of the oldest domesticated species. They’ve been interacting with people for millennia hence they know how to understand and communicate with humans better than any other species. Their strong sense of observation allows them to pick up hints in our body language, smells and the tones of our voices.

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Your dog hence might be understanding you more than you know. And they talk back to us through their body language. Every dog has their own personality and it depends on how you groom them. There is still a lot to learn about canine cognition.

In the meantime, let your dog be the better judge of your friends. They can make better judge than you do!

First Published: Saturday, August 25, 2018 03:24 PM
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