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Dogs cannot be fooled for a long time by misleading signals, as they stop responding to people who have proved to be unreliable

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Dogs cannot be fooled for a long time by misleading signals, as they stop responding to people who have proved to be unreliable.

Dogs Can Recognize a Bad Person
Dogs Can Recognize a Bad Person

Dogs may not look as intelligent as they hunt their tails, but they are in fact intelligent in many ways and have great social awareness, both with humans and their dog-skinned children.

Several studies suggest that dogs can recognize human emotions. Recent research has shown that dogs are able to distinguish between happy and abusive faces and even show jealousy.

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man with blue and maroon camping bag

It now seems that dogs are able to feel whether a person is trustworthy or not. Once a dog decides that someone is unreliable, it will not respond to the signals or instructions given by that person.

It has been known for years that dogs understand meaning when a person refers to something. If the dog's owner points to a place of a ball, a stick, or a food, the dog goes on and explores where the person is pointing.

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good friend

A recent study shows that dogs quickly find out whether these signals are misleading or not.

In a study published in the journal Animal Cognition, a team led by Akiko Takaoka of Japan's Kyoto University conducted three sessions of reference to 34 dogs.

In the first round, the researchers pointed out precisely where the food was hidden in a container, but in the second round they pointed to the Khao container. In the third round they pointed to a bowl of food. But the dogs did not respond to the signal in the third round, indicating that dogs can rely on their experience with the person to whom they are instructed to assess whether they are trustworthy or not, Takaoka said.

After these tours, a new researcher returned the first round. Once again, the dogs adhered to the instructions of this new person with interest.

Takaoka says she was stunned by the ability of dogs to "reduce her confidence in people so quickly."

"Dogs have more sophisticated social intelligence than we think, and this social intelligence develops selectively in the long history of dogs with humans," she said.

Takaoka adds that the next step is to conduct tests on species of nearby dog-like animals such as wolves. This would reveal the "profound effects of domestic adaptation" on the social intelligence of dogs.

John Bradshaw, of the University of Bristol in Britain (but not a researcher), says dogs like to expect things. If the dogs do not know what is going to happen, they are tense and aggressive or fearful.

"Dogs whose owners do not stick to regular behavior often have a behavioral disorder," Bradshaw said.

This last part of the experiment can be illustrated by dazzling the dogs with new things. "Dogs almost add to the new information," Bradshaw says, so the new researcher is "trustworthy" again.

The results of this study were no surprise to Victoria Stainen, who owns a Collie dog, one of the smartest dog species.

When Stanin goes for a walk, the dog sits at the crossroads and waits to see which direction he is taking. "I used to point to him in which direction we would go, and after looking at that direction he would look back at me to take the approval for the departure," says Stanin.

What is more, if it is proved to him that an outsider is unreliable, he does not trust him.

"Dogs are very sensitive to human behavior, but they have fewer preconceived notions, because they live in the present and do not think about events," Bradshaw said. "Dogs are more intelligent than they thought. Just past or plan ahead. "

When faced with a certain position, its reaction is limited to what is before it and "does not think much about what this position might entail."

So it's clear that dogs do not listen to us without thinking when we give them a signal, which is confirmed by this study, says Brian Hare, a prominent scientist at the Dugnation Center.

Hare says the dogs assess the information she gives her based on how confident she is in helping her to accomplish her mission. Many home dogs, for example, ignore your signal when they point in a wrong way and use their memory to find something buried.