Dogs Will Lie to Get What They Want, New Study Says – Broadly

A new study published in Animal Cognition found that even our sweet furbabies are capable of lying to our faces.

Researchers out of Switzerland were interested in understanding if dogs have the ability to use deception to get what they want from humans. First, they trained the dogs (participants were 27 dogs of different breeds between the ages 1.5 and 14 years) to distinguish two women by their generosity with food—one woman was deemed “cooperative” because she readily handed the dog a treat and the other was deemed “competitive” because she presented the treat to the dog and then pocketed it. Later, tests revealed the dog preferred the cooperative person.

Source: Dogs Will Lie to Get What They Want, New Study Says – Broadly

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