It wouldn’t be bad for you to observe the behavior of your pet.
Pet owners know that dogs are very intuitive animals who can recognize differences in your behavior and mood. A recent study has confirmed that they can sense a bad person!
Namely, a study published in the Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews journal showed that dogs are able to understand when someone behaves badly toward other people, especially to their owner.
To acquire data, the researchers asked a dog owner to act out different scenarios in front of their pets. The volunteers pretended that they couldn’t open a can before they asked the two researchers to help them out.
In the first scenario, one dog just watched their suffering, while others offered to help. In the second scenario, the dog didn’t react while observing the owner’s struggle to open the can, while the other firmly refused to help them.
After the two scenarios were fruitless, the researchers offered a biscuit to a dog. The dog took the delicious treat from both researchers after the first scenario, but in the second they ignored the researcher who was unpleasant to their owner.
The researchers concluded that dogs have the ability to recognize when someone is treating their owners badly, so they adapt to that situation. On the other hand, people are inclined to ignore their intuition and provide opportunities for people who ultimately hurt them.