Did you know that dogs can recognize a bad person and more?
Dog Parents have proof that Dogs are natural born detectives. But that’s not all, there are also studies that have confirmed it.
We found an interesting study by Akiko Takaoka and her team from the Department of Psychology at Japan’s Kyoto University published in 2015 asked the question: “Do dogs follow behavioral cues from an unreliable human?”
Does a dog trust a person who lied to it?
The study asked dog owners to first point to container with food in it and observe if the dog would run to it. Then, the owner tricked their dog into approaching a container without food simply by pointing to it. Dogs usually go to whatever their owner points to, but when gestures are inconsistent, dogs can become nervous and stressed. So when the third time came around, the dogs would not follow the pointing hand.
Dogs simply didn’t believe the lies. The study showed that dogs can identify liars, and then proceed to not trust them.
All of the 34 dogs that took part In the experiment showed the same results.
What this means is that dogs use previous bad experiences to know if person is trustworthy or untrustworthy and tells us dogs prefer this world to be certain.
Dogs are more sophisticated than you think. The moral of the story is don’t steer them wrong.
Did you know dogs can feel how other people treat their owners?
A study in Neuroscience and BioBehavioral Reviews shows that dogs read the communication between their owners and strangers.
“Dogs’ social referencing towards owners and strangers.”
In that study, two groups of strangers were asked for help by the dog owner as part of the experiment, where one group helped and other group rudely refused to help.
Afterwards the strangers were asked to give food to the dogs. Amazingly, the dogs declined food from rude group.
Besides distrusting the group that refused to help, they flat out ignored them. The dogs showed social etiquette. They preferred to be fed by those that helped and actually showed kindness to these people as if reciprocating the gesture. The study proves that canines have good understanding of social etiquette.
These experiments show that dogs can feel how others interact with their owners and draw their own conclusions on how to treat these people.
Did you know dogs can read our gestures and emotions?
Scientists taught dogs the difference between sad and happy human faces. The dogs learned to recognize emotions by judging facial expressions in pictures and showed their choice by touching the right picture with their nose. “Dogs Can Discriminate Emotional Expressions of Human Faces.”
Did you know dogs sense fear? This isn’t just an urban legend.
Dogs really do smell fear. This isn’t just a catch phrase used for people afraid of dogs. Researchers found a link between a humans’ emotional state and getting bitten.
This study found that emotionally stable and confident people didn’t get bitten nearly as often as those who feel anxious around intimidating dogs.
Dogs have very keen sense of smell. That’s why dogs can, with their super sensitive noses, detect chemical reactions gong on in our body when we’re stressed.
The most obvious of these chemical reactions would be sweating and releasing adrenaline. As blood start pumping faster from fear, we start emitting pheromones that spread all around. That research also shows that insecure dog owners tend to pass on that feature to their own canine companions. So if you want to avoid sharp teeth piercing your limb, don’t freak out, especially not the next time you see a Pitbull rushing in your direction. It might just want to say hello.
Did you know dogs are detectives of illnesses?
Lots of dog owners have reported that their pets have paid particular attention to a body part affected by cancer. According to research, the most common types of cancer dogs can detect are breast and colon cancer. In case this doesn’t sound very true to you there’s scientific evidence to back it up. Dr Hilary Brodie, a professor in the department of Otolaryngology at UC Davies shows that dogs can find cancer affected tissues out of dozens of samples. Interesting, right? This is because cancerous cells have a specific smell that doesn’t exist in healthy tissues.
There are special organizations for medical detection dogs who train powerful sniffers that analyze urine samples for cancer.
Scientist believe it would take about 6 months of training for a dog to be trained to recognize the scents of specific cancer types.
Dogs can even warn about upcoming epileptic seizures and diabetic shock.
People with insulin dependent diabetes must control their blood glucose levels since they can change dramatically and suddenly drop to dangerous levels. Sounds pretty scary, right? Well dogs can come to the rescue in this situation too. Their super noses can sense the rapid changes in blood sugar levels since they change the smell of the affected persons breath and skin.
Their students at this doggy medical school learn how to inform their owners of upcoming diabetic attacks. They can also help parents by warning them of upcoming attacks in their chirldren.
The same super-senses let dogs predict seizures, and with enough training teaches them to help a seizing person and even fetch a phone when it’s needed.
In a study by a group of scientists published in Nature showed an experiment in which dogs are able to smell and to anticipate epileptic seizures “Dogs demonstrate the existence of an epileptic seizure odour in humans.”
How did they do it? Watch this video from Cambridge university.
We have all thought that dogs were super geniuses, now we have proof.
Dogs can sense serious diseases and save us from attacks. They can decipher our gestures and decide if they want to follow social cues. They can even decide to stop trusting and obeying you when you try to trick them.
So maybe it’s time to trust your dog more, and if your dog doesn’t like a person, maybe it’s time to believe them.
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