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Last month scientists in Japan showed domestic dogs avoid people they have seen behave unhelpfully to their owners, using a cunning test.
The experiment was designed to see whether dogs can evaluate humans interacting with one another over an object.
The result showed most dogs avoided taking food from someone they had seen behaving negatively to, which in this case means ignoring, their master.
Dogs’ avoidance of someone who had behaved negatively to their owner suggests they might understand third-party interactions, known as “social eavesdropping”.
Few non-primate animals are thought to eavesdrop. Another interesting example of the phenomenon is the bluestreak cleaner fish: bystanding fish prefer to stay close to “co-operative” cleaners than “cheaters” they have seen remove mucus and not parasites from host animals.
No argument here. I have had 3 of them over the decades. Every one of them in their own way was "the best dog" I ever had.
originally posted by: Silcone Synapse
a reply to: Hidinout
German Shepherds are one of the most intelligent and loyal of all dogs in my experience.
And they have the added bonus of being seen as super fierce by baddies(even though they are not really).
Best four legged companions on the planet.