Behavioral assessment and owner perceptions of behaviors associated with guilt in dogs

  title={Behavioral assessment and owner perceptions of behaviors associated with guilt in dogs},
  author={Julie Hechta and {\'A}d{\'a}m Mikl{\'o}sia and M{\'a}rta G{\'a}csia},
  • Julie Hechta, Ádám Miklósia, Márta Gácsia
  • Published 2012
Dog owners ascribe guilt to dogs, and we explored this attribution with pet dogs and their owners using a questionnaire and experiment. The questionnaire found that the majority of owners perceive dog behavior as guilty in certain situations and believe that dogs know when they have committed a disapproved act. As a novel finding, the questionnaire revealed that dog presentation of guilty behavior could lead owners to scold dogs less. The experiment aimed to investigate the owner-reported… CONTINUE READING
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