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Chewed slippers. Scratched furniture. Shredded curtains. Here lies the evidence that your dog or cat is guilty of a domestic infraction. Is their doleful look an indication of said guilt? Do they realize they did something wrong? Do dogs and cats instinctively understand right and wrong? Does your dog know that eating the cake left on the coffee table is a no-no? Does your cat grasp the concept that peeing on the new carpet is not acceptable?
Innately, pets focus on the basic requirements for survival. They need to eat and eliminate in order to live. Scarfing down the cake and squatting on the rug fulfill these basic needs. Likely not. He sees an accessible treat and eats it. Do you think your cat really understands that urinating on the rug is wrong? He sees a soft surface to squat on that absorbs his urine rather than splashing it back up on him. Knowing you committed a misdeed is necessary for true guilty feelings.
Nevertheless, pets can learn right from wrong. How do they do this? We teach them. We provide consistent, timely responses to their actions, establish a pattern, and they eventually associate their actions with predictable consequences. A timely response is key. If you catch your dog eating the cake or see your cat squatting on the carpet and quickly intervene, they will get the message. In other words, if you fuss about the torn up newspaper when you come home from work, you are wasting your energy.
Your pet cannot make the association between your present response to something he did in the past. Are guilty looks ificant? Head down. Eyes averted. Shoulders hunched. Tail thumping the floor. Body retreating. Your pet looks guilty, maybe even apologetic, right?
When you discover your favorite slippers have been destroyed or your new sofa is scratched, you naturally respond with a scowl, a sigh, or maybe even a shriek. Your cat or dog immediately responds with a submissive posture that you interpret as guilt.
It is an effort to appease or calm you. And it often works! You look at that sad face and cave. Your anger and frustration evaporate!
Would you be so forgiving if your pet bounded up to you tail wagging with your favorite chocolate candy all over his face? Of all the nerve! So, are guilty looks ificant? Of course! They ify fear, concern, and anxiety of the pet in response to the agitated, angry look and sound of their owner.
In the experiment, a treat was positioned in front of a dog. The owner instructed the canine not to eat the treat and left the room. Some dogs ate the treat while others refrained. When the owners returned, the researchers told some of them that their dog ate the treat when he actually did not. When these ill-informed owners scolded their dogs, the innocent dogs looked guilty nonetheless. The experiment concluded that the dogs looked guilty not because of what they did after all they did nothing wrongbut rather as a reaction to what the owners did.
Submissive dogs lower their he, hunch down, and avert their eyes when trying to diffuse a situation or appease their owners. In multi-dog households, the guilty looking dog may actually be the innocent pooch. For example, if two dogs are home and Dog A chews the newspaper, Dog B may look guilty because he is the peacemaker of the pair. Another experiment further validated the appeasement theory. Owners left dogs alone with food on the table.
The owners looked happy, so the dogs did, too. The conclusion is that dogs look guilty for reasons unrelated to their actions and closely related to our actions. Guilty or Not Guilty. Should we care? Our pets do understand that certain actions violate family rules and will result in certain reactions. Cause and effect is a great lesson! We have lots of feelings for our pets. What can we dig up for you? Find the nearest location to: Find the nearest location to:. We are committed to caring for your pet — while maintaining the highest level of safety for our Associates and pet owners.
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