New research out of Japan shows that dogs can tell if a person is trustworthy or not. Kyoto University of Japan researcher Akiko Takaoka did a number of experiments to see if a dog could tell if a person was lying to it.
Turns out, dogs can tell if you’re an untrustworthy person and they might like you less for it. In a series of experiments, Takaoka and his team pointed to a container where dog food was hidden three times, and would remove the food the second time. On the third cue, the dog wouldn’t trust the cue and would not go to the food.
100% of the 34 dogs did not trust the person instructing them for the third cue and didn’t respond. Takaoka determined that the dog learned that the person instructing them was not a reliable source of information.
Takaoka’s study is just another example to prove how tuned in dogs are to humans’ needs and emotions. A different study found that dogs would not accept treats from people that were rude or unkind to their owners. They would accept treats from humans that were kind.
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