Science Confirms That Dogs Can Sense ‘Bad People’

If your dog doesn’t take too kindly to certain people it might be a warning sign that they’re jerks you need to avoid.

The dog is man’s best friend; we all know that. But being perfect companions and loyal friends to
people are not the only qualities these furry fellows possess.

Science has just confirmed that dogs can discern a good person from a not-so-good person. Science tells
 us that dogs can actually sense when someone isn’t kind even when that person isn’t unkind to them
specifically. Pretty incredible.

The study clearly illustrated that dogs do not always ‘act out of self-interest.‘ The researcher who refused
 to help open the container showed no ill will towards the dog itself. The dogs, however, sensed that the
 researcher was being unkind to their owner and wanted nothing to do with them.

“Dogs have more sophisticated social intelligence than we thought. This social intelligence evolved 
selectively in their long life history with humans,” Takaoka said.
And according to the conclusions of the study:

“These results suggest that not only dogs are highly skilled at understanding human pointing gestures, but also
 they make inferences about the reliability of a human who presents cues and consequently modifies their
 behavior flexibly depending on the inference.”

So if your dog doesn’t take too kindly to certain people, it might be a warning sign that they’re jerks you need to avoid!

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