Facts of life
May 10, 2009 8:48am CST
Here I come again with this funny but astonishing fact, which was released, by the National academy of Science. Do you know that even as human beings exhibit emotions of jealousy and envy, so do dogs also exhibit such emotions? In a recent study about 29 dogs were placed side –by side in front of the bowl and brown bread on the other side. After responding to the command paw the animals were either rewarded with sausage or bread or not rewarded at all. The e unrewarded k9s refused to continue participating and even ignored the experiments, a trait found in humans and other primates, unlike primates however, the dogs showed little concern about the quality of reward they received. Thus it is thought that dogs are far more emotionally sensitive than previously considered.
• United States
13 May 09
ok then how can you explain how they get us to wait hand and feet on them. LOL!! But seriously you have no way of knowing if they are or aren't. They understand more than you realize and are more trainable than our other halfs. And I said that I know dog that are more intelligent than other people that I know (people I know you don't know and have no way to judge if I'm right or wrong) and that just because they can't talk like us doesn't mean that they are anyless smart. They comprehend commands and they can learn complex things. Can you find a bomb hidden somewhere? CAn you find a person in a pile of rubble? How can you say that they aren't as smart as a human? You have no clue really... You have your opinion and I have mine. But until you get a doctorite in animal nuerology and human nuerology you can't say difinitively that they can't comprehend on our level.
• South Africa
12 May 09
you are right its the truth most animals wil behave like human beings though we might not really understand this until we take time out to observe their actions but all the same my people have a saying that "animals are alike to man but man is just an higher being"
• United States
11 May 09
Im not really surprised that the unrewarded ones didnt continue to participate. What incentive did they have? To some extent I think that is just nature ruling them. Why would they want to expend enery if they get nothing out of it? If the reward was either bread, sausage, or just encouraging words, the story may have been different. If the ones with encouraging words didnt continue to participate, I would think that they probably are more emotionally sensitive than previously thought. But you will only go to a well that is dry so many times before you find a new well. Why should we expect differently from other animals as well?
18 May 09
In other words, those who refused to participate further were sulking! Ha ha ha... I like that. Dogs and cats alike show sensitivity, or jealousy. They can't bear you to pet another animal without letting you know they're there too. I just love that! They know what they're about and yet people say they aren't intelligent and don't know what you're saying to them. Right! Brightest Blessings.