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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dogs and Their Emotions: A Surprising New Study!

I don't have a jealous bone in my body, do I Parental Unit? Fabulous photo of me by Rachel Lauren Photography

When some of you humans talk to dogs like babies, or ascribe human emotions like anger, jealousy or even vindictiveness to your four-legged companions, most of you might not have really believed what you were saying, thinking instead that you were really just "anthropomorphizing". But science is catching up to what you knew intuitively, even when you tried to talk yourselves out of it: Dogs (and other animals) have rich emotional lives.

Take a recent peer-reviewed, scientific study discussed in this CNN article, that confirmed dogs at least acted jealous when their owners petted and sweet-talked a stuffed dog. Among their displays of jealousy were barking, trying to get between the toy dog and their owner and even nipping at the offending pooch. These results mirrored those conducted with 6 month old human babies who displayed signs of jealousy when their mothers gave affection to human dolls. What might this mean?
"These results lend support to the hypothesis that jealousy has some 'primordial' form that exists in human infants and in at least one other social species besides humans," the study said.

Say what you will about those other silly canines, but I can tell the difference between a stuffed animal and a real one...although Parental Unit claims I once barked at a statue of a dog. Just for the record, I have no recall of that scenario. 

Let us know what you think—do the conclusions of this study surprise you?


Kinley Westie said...

I don't mind da stuffed animals, but I gets jealous when my momma pets Finley.

Molly the Airedale said...

Molly is the jealous one! She could care less about stuffies getting attention but she sure hates when I get my kisses and hugs!

Love ya lots♥

Unknown said...

That is why we struggled with getting another dog after sweet Ancient Pip passed away. We don't think Molly would like it. Have a marvellous Monday.
Best wishes Molly

Unknown said...

Finally agreeing with what we dog owners have always known ;)

Two French Bulldogs said...

Mom has witnessed a lot of our emotions
Lily & Edward

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