It’s an evening of exploding myths

 

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Dogs aren’t really sorry.

Dogs may look guilty when they are being told off by their owner for eating the mail or emptying the trash, but they don’t feel shame, according to animal behaviorists.

The guilty look – head cowered, ears back, eyes droopy – is a reaction to the tantrum the owner is  throwing now over the damage they did hours earlier.

‘Just get over it and remind yourself not to put temptation in the way next time,’ Dr Bonnie Beaver, executive director of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, said.

‘I don’t think dogs actually feel shame,’ Lemire said. ‘I think they know how to placate us with this sad puppy-dog look that makes us think they’re ashamed of what they’ve done.’

‘My guess is that their thinking is, “Oh man, my owner is super mad about something, but I don’t know what, but he seems to calm down when I give him the sad face, so let’s try that again”,’ she said.

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7 responses to “It’s an evening of exploding myths

  1. Al Dente

    I worry about cats:

  2. housecat

    Is that Brother Gideon’s dog, post-cowboy costume?

  3. Greenwich Taxpayer

    I don’t care what it means (I think some writers have to much time on their hands) the guilty look is enough to melt anyone’s heart and forgive immediately!

  4. Flash

    This always lifts my spirits
    http://www.dogshaming.com

  5. Cobra

    Kids often react the same way, and for the same reasons.