The human behavior has officially gained a new judge. According to a new study, dogs judge humans too, especially when they are behaving in an inappropriate manner.
Our canine friends are not the only ones to judge us. Another species of the animal world does so as well. Research confirmed the fact that primates judge our behavior.
And apparently, man’s best friend does so too. Research on the matter was led by James Anderson. He is a comparative psychologist. Study results were released earlier this year. They were published in the Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews journal.
The study paper was titled as follows. “Third-party social evaluations of humans by monkeys and dogs” Initially, Anderson and his team started out by testing monkeys. More exactly, Capuchin ones.
Their initial experiment went as follows. An actor was asked to try and get a toy out of a box. A second actor was asked to respond in two ways to this event. At first, this second member helped open the box. But the other variant had the second actor completely ignoring the toy struggle.
At the same time, both actors were asked to offer food to the Capuchins. In the first scenario, the monkey accepted food from them both. But in the second case, they were more selective. The Capuchins took food from the actor struggling with the box. But they denied it when it was offered by the second actor, the unhelpful and rude one.
Tests also proved another fact. These monkeys also presented a sense of fairness and unfairness as well. This was shown through another test.
But the scientists also wanted to turn to another animal species. One that is closer to us. Which led to our canine friends. And also to a quite clear conclusion. Dogs judge humans based on their behavior.
They too were tested in a similar manner. But instead of using complete strangers, one study participant was their owner. They were also put in a struggling situation. More exactly, they were asked to try and open a container.
Two actors also joined the tests. And they were both presented with the box. Depending on the variant, one either accepted or declined to help. The other actor remained passive throughout both these scenarios.
As before, the actors were asked to offer them food. But this was no easy task. As the dogs judge humans too, they mostly did not accept any from the rude actor. Instead, they readily took food when the same participant was helpful. The dogs’ response to the indifferent actor was somewhat neutral. Although they accepted the treats.
Just as with the monkeys, the dog tests showed the following. They too exhibit the ability to judge people based on their behavior. Essentially, they based their own response on the way the respective human acted.
Dogs were also noted to do the following. They seem to comprehend the differences between being rude or unpleasant and a helpful behavior. And they also seem to try and avoid the rude ones.
The tests, in general, pointed out an interesting fact. Both the monkeys and dogs recognized negativity. And also tried to shun it. As such, the researchers reached the following conclusion. These animals are socially aware of the behavior of both the humans and animals surrounding them.
As it is, you should remember this the next time someone asks for some help. Dogs judge humans and your canine friend may not be too happy if you deny it.
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