Your Pooch Miiiight Just Be Pulling Your Chain
By Erin Kirkpatrick
In recent months, we’ve learned a bunch more about our pets: they can help with research projects and they can be influenced by owners’ behavior. Well, we’ve got another dog-oriented discovery for you to lap up!
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A new study published in interdisciplinary journal Animal Cognition has concluded that our four-legged friends have the ability to deceive us to get what they want.
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And to top it off, they can learn how to do it in no time at all. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. No pulling out polygraph machines and suspiciously eyeing pups…not just yet.
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Researcher and the study’s lead author Marianne Heberlein wanted to test dogs’ ability to use deception and manipulation to get what they want after watching her own dogs. Many dogs and their owners have, intentionally or unintentionally, designed routines, schedules, and reward systems they’ve come to expect.