A benefit to owning a dog; they know when you are upset.
A study done by Goldsmith University shows that dogs show empathetic responses to human distress. It also revealed that it did not matter if the person was the dog’s owner or not, the dogs showed the same reaction to strangers.
Can my dog tell when I’m upset?
A study was done where participants (dogs’ owners and strangers) were asked to cry, talk to a dummy, hum or do nothing. Participants were not told what the research was measuring; they were only told to describe what the dog or puppy was doing. The study found that:
Scientist concluded that these behaviors were consistent with an expression of empathic concern. They did add that these behaviors could be because the dog was rewarded at some point for approaching a distressed human.
Another study was able to:
Dogs probably use their memories of real emotional human faces to accomplish the task.
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