December 13, 2008

From the Captain Obvious Files

Via Xavier's Thoughts, comes this bit of news:

Dogs appear to experience a range of complex, unpleasant emotions such as jealousy and pride, scientists have discovered.

Uh, yeah. And this is news to dog owners.... how, exactly?

Later:

Scientists noted that dogs hate to see their owners being affectionate to other dogs and can suffer if a new baby or partner arrives on the scene.

To test the theory, Friederike Range and colleagues at the University of Vienna in Austria asked 33 trained dogs to extend a paw to a human.

The animals performed the trick virtually all of the time whether they were given a reward or not -- when alone or with another dog.

But the dogs' enthusiasm waned when they saw other dogs being rewarded but received nothing themselves.


All those PhDs, and not a lick of common sense among them.

1 comment:

Dreamer said...

Yeah, I remember growing up as kid and scientist proclaiming dogs didn't have feelings. Which of course is totally ridiculous for anyone that has ever lived with a dog. As obvious as it is, at least they're finally making the right observations.