Studies Reveal That Dogs Are Masters At Faking The Sorry Look!

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The next time your dog chews up your homework or favorite t-shirt don't waste your energy admonishing him/her. That's because while it may seem sad and look at you with sorrowful puppy eyes and tail tucked between the legs, scientists say dogs have no idea what shame is.

This shocking revelation was made by Dr. Bonnie Beaver, a Professor at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine. While the animal behaviorist who has conducted several studies on dogs, doesn't reveal how she came to this conclusion, she does tell owners to 'get over it' and not succumb to the temptation to go crazy, when their pooches do something wrong. As for that sorry look? That according to her is something your dog has recognized as the only thing that seems to stop the rant. Hence whenever it starts, he/she automatically settles down with a sorry look.

In case you are a little skeptical, Dr. Beaver is not the only expert that has reached this conclusion. In 2009, Alexandra Horowitz, an Associate Professor of Psychology at New York's Barnard College, conducted a study on 14 dogs. She videotaped each of them on several occasions to see what they did after they were instructed not to eat a treat placed in front of them and left alone in the room. Some obeyed, while others devoured the forbidden food as soon as the owner left.

Yet all of them had the same look of shame when they were scolded by their owners. In her study entitled Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know, she concluded that while dogs may feel some guilt, the 'look' that we humans associate with shame, is not when they are feeling it. They are just smart enough to know that it helps placate their owners and hence put it on, whenever they feel their wrath.

This knowledge is probably not going to stop most owners from getting upset when their dogs do something wrong. But it may at least take away some of the guilt they feel after they are done telling off their pet. Also, just because dogs fake this one emotion does not mean they are always lying. They are constantly trying to communicate with their owners, something the authors of National Geographic's new fun book - How to Speak Dog: A Guide to Decoding Dog Language, seem to have observed in great detail.

Resources: NDTV.com, npr.org

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  • rothisabella321
    rothisabella321Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 10:13 am
    I did it was super sad! wow, that dog is so CUTE!!!🤗🤗🤗 I still think that dogs feel shame tho, I mean, who doesn't fall for their cute sorry looks? so CUTE will you forgive the puppy I would? :3 hey have you seen a puppy in the water video they save him so sad, but at least they saved him
    • rothisabella321
      rothisabella321Friday, February 19, 2021 at 10:45 am
      wow, that dog is so CUTE!!!🤗🤗🤗 I still think that dogs feel shame tho, I mean, who doesn't fall for their cute sorry looks? so CUTE will you forgive the puppy I would? :3 hey have you seen a puppy in the water video they save him so sad, but at least they saved him
      • firecreeper146
        firecreeper146Monday, February 22, 2021 at 9:37 am
        its really sad😭😭😭
      • firecreeper146
        firecreeper146Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 10:37 am
        wow,that dog is so CUTE!!!🤗🤗🤗
        • lady14
          lady14Monday, June 8, 2020 at 11:04 am
          Heart warming
          • animereina2021
            animereina2021Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 5:53 pm
            I still think that dogs feel shame tho, I mean, who doesn't fall for their cute sorry looks?
            • controlfreak
              controlfreakWednesday, April 22, 2020 at 12:04 pm
              so CUTE will you forgive the puppy i would. :3
              • sunny121212
                sunny121212Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 8:18 am
                omg I love dogs so much
                • jaylene345404
                  jaylene345404Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 1:23 pm
                  omg so cute
                  • miaWednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11:42 am
                    so so so so so so so so so so so so so CUTE
                    • Abby HarperTuesday, May 7, 2019 at 10:55 am
                      every body loves puppy