Michele du Plessis
Have you ever had the scenario that when certain people visit, your dog won’t stop barking and growling and you have to shut them in a room? Or, do you really want a dog but dogs have always barked at you or even tried to bite you?
Well, I’ve got some bad news for you. It’s not the dog, it’s you that’s the problem.
Science has discovered that dogs can tell if you’re an untrustworthy person or not, and they just might not love you if they find you to be untrustworthy. Dogs are highly intelligent and the amount of information a dog can discern is mind-blowing. A study was conducted at the Kyoto University of Japan by Akiko Takaoka. Takaoka and his colleagues explored whether or not a dog would trust a person who was lying to it.
The experiment was divided into three parts and the scientists needed several tester groups to find accurate information. Akiko Takaoka chose thirty-four dogs to participate in these “three rounds of pointing”.
The experiment consisted of three rounds of pointing to a container where dog food was hidden. In round one the dogs found the food, in round two there was nothing and in round three the dogs refused to respond to the cue. In the third round, the dogs did not believe the liars and did not respond. All 34 dogs took part and 100% showed the same results.
“Other research about dog behaviours has revealed more ways dogs notice a bad person. An experiment tested dogs’ reactions to rude human behaviour by having the dog owner ask strangers for help, and then afterwards having the stranger offer the dog a treat. The dogs utterly refused to accept treats from the people who behaved in rude, bad, or unwanted ways toward their owners. However, they accepted treats from people who were kind and helpful.”*
Rude, aggressive people were unable to earn the dogs’ trust but helpful, honest, and kind people easily were. This experiment also showed that dogs can understand human gestures.
Dogs are highly intelligent creatures who pick up on a lot of human behaviour without us knowing it. They can read the interaction and communication between there owners and strangers. The study revealed a lot about canine behaviour, preference, and intelligence.
So, a piece of advice from scientists. Next time your dog does not trust somebody, maybe you should trust the dog’s instincts and not trust them either.
*Information from various websites.