Scientists: dogs know your enemies

A team of scientists led by Kazuo Fujita conducted a study regarding the reaction of the dogs to the enemies of their masters, and drew attention to the fact that dogs clearly distinguish the emotional connection between people and show the same relation to man as their master. Dogs have a high tendency to specific socialization and can form with its owner and members of his family “pack”, supporting General attitude towards others, avoiding enemies family and welcoming friends.

Were studied three groups of dogs, consisting of 18 individuals, used role-playing games in which the owner was required to open the box, in all three groups, the host was accompanied by two people that the dog did not know. In the first group owner is actively arguing with the two people who actively refused to help and showed aggression. In the second group he talked friendly with the person who agreed to help. In both groups, the third was just a neutral participant-observer. The third group was just a control, not a single person interacted with the owner. The whole performance was going on outside, and the dog through the window could watch. Then the dogs active participant suggested food. Dogs who see their master hurt, did not take food from the hands of the “enemy”, the dog who saw neutral or friendly attitude, took food better, and friendly attitude toward the giver.

It was first recorded social reaction pet dogs that reacted to the emotional background of the owner and making their conclusions. This ability is the main factor that determines the behavior of dogs in society, it also showed that the animals are not indifferent to the relationship between the owner and the other person.

What is most amusing that in all species of domesticated primates do not have such features of character, they act only according to their own benefits without linking their attitude to the man with his interaction with the owner or members of his family. They refuse to cooperate only if there is no direct benefit to them or they realize that isn’t going to win.

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