What we interpret as guilt may be something else entirely.If you've ever had a dog, you know the signature canine guilty look: ears back, head cowered, tail tucked.
Seventy-four percent of dog owners believe their dogs experience guilt, but animal behaviorists say dogs lack the ability to feel shame. They say that guilty look is simply a reaction to you.
While there's plenty of evidence that man's best friend experiences primary emotions, such as fear and happiness, there's little evidence that dogs feel secondary emotions like pride, jealousy and guilt.
Scientist say this is because secondary emotions require self-awareness and a level of cognition that dogs may not have.
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Alexandra Horowitz, a psychology professor and principal investigator at the Horowitz Dog Cognition Lab at Columbia University, conducted one of the first studies on dog "guilt" in 2009.
She videotaped 14 dogs in a series of trials and observed how they reacted when their owners left the room after instructingRead More »from Do Dogs Feel Guilt?