Dogs have proven to be the most loyal creatures on earth. Dog owners often share meaningful stories about their dog saving their life or protecting them from danger. Dogs are also known for emotionall
y comforting their owner during difficult times in life. These kind, loving, caring and selfless acts have catapulted them to man’s best friend and loyal confidant. And still, there are things humans don’t know about dogs.
A group of Japanese researchers led by Akiko Takaoka of Kyoto University discovered groundbreaking information about dogs, they have capabilities to judge whether a human is worthy of their trust. The results validated a separate similar study that was published in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral reviews that also stated dogs know whom they can trust simply by observing the person. Takaoka said, “Dogs have more sophisticated social intelligence than we thought. This social intelligence evolved selectively in their long life history with humans.”
There were a total of 39 dogs involved in the Kyoto University study which also revealed dogs are hesitant around strangers they don’t trust. They won’t even accept their favorite tasty treat from an untrustworthy stranger. Any person that mistreated the dog's owner caused the dog to distance themselves from the owner.
According to Brian Hare, the chief scientific officer at Dognition, “They evaluate the information we give them based in part on how reliable it is in helping them accomplish their goals. Many family dogs, for instance, will ignore your gesture when you point incorrectly and use their memory to find a hidden treat.”
Dogs are obviously capable of sensing a stranger's intentions and underlying personality. This skill can be a tremendous asset for dog owners. Many dog owners will admit they trust their dog more than their friends and some family members. Pet parents that don’t easily assess situations or intuitively know others intentions towards them can follow their dog’s behavior.
An excellent example of paying attention to a dog’s reaction towards others is when a college-age young woman brings a guy home to her apartment. The woman might not realize the guy has hidden issues, but her dog will be able to sense it immediately. A brief observance of the woman's dog will tell her whether she should trust the guy or not. In addition to sensing untrustworthy people, some dog breeds have a natural ability to protect their owner, such as a Berger Blanc Suisse.
Imagine you are sending your college-age daughter to college in another city or state to live in her own apartment. As a parent, you will be concerned since she isn’t in the college or university dorms. However, what if you got her a Berger Blanc Suisse puppy to bond with before she left, then encouraged her to take the dog with her to school? This dog will become her best friend, companion, and protector.
Now that you know dogs can sense a bad person, make sure you pay close attention to your dog’s reaction towards others.
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