12-09-2008, 10:33 AM #1
Studies show dogs have sense of fairness
WASHINGTON – No fair! What parent hasn't heard that from a child who thinks another youngster got more of something? Well, it turns out dogs can react the same way. Ask them to do a trick and they'll give it a try.
For a reward, a sausage say, they'll happily keep at it. But if one dog gets no reward, and then sees another get sausage for doing the same trick, just try to get the first one to do it again. Indeed, he may even turn away and refuse to look at you.
Dogs, like people and monkeys, seem to have a sense of fairness.
"Animals react to inequity," said Friederike Range of the University of Vienna, Austria, who led a team of researchers testing animals at the school's Clever Dog Lab. "To avoid stress, we should try to avoid treating them differently."
Similar responses have been seen in monkeys.
Range said she wasn't surprised at the dogs reaction, since wolves are known to cooperate with one another and appear to be sensitive to each other. Modern dogs are descended from wolves.
In dogs, Wynne noted, the quality of reward didn't seem to matter, so the test only worked when they got no reward at all.
However, Wynne added, there is "no doubt in my mind that dogs are very, very sensitive to what people are doing and are very smart."
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12-09-2008, 10:57 AM #2
I believe it! My little Buster would eat exactly half of the dry dog food and leave half for his mother. He would not touch it again until the bowl was refilled.
Dogs are very smart.
12-09-2008, 11:20 AM #3
He is also smart in a bratty way - when I leave him alone more than usual, he will leave me a surprise, and of course, he knows perfectly well he isn't supposed to. When I return home and he has done this he is always hiding. Normally he's all over me when I walk in the door.
12-09-2008, 04:24 PM #4
I love that report. It is a little different in my house though. I have a very smart Border Collie and a dumb blond Labrador mix.
The BC takes full advantage of the Lab's clueless nature. I've seen Gingerbear steal a cookie from Shea and then look at her like, "Oh did you forget that you already ate your cookie?"
12-09-2008, 05:38 PM #5
I have a female doberman that's very sneaky and bratty! She never touches a thing when I'm in the house. Let me run my kid to school and she's opening cabinet doors and drawers helping herself to a can of Pringles or a bag Doriotos!
She refuses to follow any command given by anyone but me. Even if she is already sitting and my husband says, "sit" she will stand up and glare at him! rofl! He says she takes after me
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Border collies are incredibly smart dogs.
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I don't know. I have a little Papillon who still has to be kenneled at night as she's not completely housebroken yet. I always give her a special treat when she goes to bed and she ALWAYS saves it so she can walk out with it in the morning and flaunt it in front of the Lab and
Shepherd that she something they don't!!!! Don't see much fairness in THAT- LOL!