Message Us

Can We Really Trust Our Dog's Judgement? 

By JennaDrady. | Dog Info

We have all heard it at one point or another

Dogs are a great judge of character.

If my dog doesn't trust you, neither do I.

But is there any truth to it? 

I decided to do a little digging to find out if there are any facts behind whether or not a dog can actually have the ability to judge someone's character

Here is what I learned:

There are quite a few articles out there on this subject. And according to a study done at Kyoto University in Japan, dogs most definitely can judge a person's character

Researchers ran studies which included putting 3 groups of 18 dogs together, and running them through different scenarios.  The scenarios included things like having 3 adults (dog owner included) one of which would basically snub the dog's owner when they needed assistance, the other who would stay completely neutral. Not helping, but not being a jerk about it. Afterward, the dog would be offered treat by the 2 people, and wouldn't you know it, the majority of dogs tested would go straight to the person who they remembered helping their owner, while ignoring the "jerk." 

Obviously, there were more tests done, but I found that one the most interesting. Generally, people think a dog would take their favorite treat from pretty much anyone who offered. And that is just not true.  

Dogs also use their scent to judge us. After all, smelling is their primary sense. A dog can easily tell if people are anxious, scared, happy, upset, you name it! 

If you are taking a walk down the street and encounter a stranger who is happy, smiling, says hello to you, your dog is more likely to want to interact with that person, rather than if you happened to come across an angry individual.  

Your dog will even begin to see you as a liar if you are constantly breaking promises to him. It sounds silly, I know. But its true. For instance, if you ask your dog if he wants to go for a walk every night, he gets excited and knows whats up. If you follow through with walk time, that will continue. However, if you ask your dog if he wants to go for a walk, and you never follow through, he will simply learn that you do not mean what you say. He will doubt you, and be weary.  

Ladies, if you bring a new man into the house for dinner, and you are comfortable with that man, the chances of your dog being comfortable with him are great. But... if you bring a new man home for dinner, and you are feeling uncertain, your dog will pick up on that, and act accordingly.  

Conclusion? 

Yep, dogs can be great judges of characters. 

They have the ability to read a humans body language, sense their emotions, and they will let you know they are uncomfortable around certain people. Now, does this mean that if your dog is uncomfortable with someone, then that someone must be a bad person? No, not at all. Because hey, we all have our off days where we aren't feeling ourselves, and leave to a dog to pick up on that!  

What are your thoughts on the subject?

Has your dog ever made you second guess someone? 

Air Travel Tips and Dog Seat Covers: Cargo, Dog Bed Liner, Bed Cover: 30% Off Premium Seat Covers


jenna drady headshotJenna Drady

Hi, I'm Jenna Drady AKA HuskyCrazed - author and creator of ownedbyahusky.ca. I am a mother of two beautiful daughters and of course my 3 huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of my life, I was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, I started doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. I am inspired every day by my family, and love to bring my readers valuable information as well as a little laugh while I'm at it. I created my own business partnered with my lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. We currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too! As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, we donate a portion of our sales to local shelters throughout Canada.


 

Comments

Signup/Login to post a reply

 

Reviews From 4Knines Customers VIEW MORE »

The best evaluations of our products come from the people who’ve bought them.

So So

The concept is a good one, however there is room for design improvement. The little tabs didn't work AT ALL in my 2008 Subaru Outback. However, even if they did work I then would not be able to roll the windows up and down as needed. For me that is not an option. I haven't yet tried using the Velcro attachments since my husband is not convinced it's a good idea to attach something like that to the door panel. With all that being said the product itself looks good, and the concept is a great one. When my puppy gets bigger I will try the Velcro when my husband isn't watching.:)

READ MORE »
Charlie Hendrix

Great Protection

I think this seat cover is going to work out just fine. It fits well, was extremely easy to install. Just waiting for my new puppy to be old enough to bring home.

READ MORE »
Charlie Hendrix

Seat cover just received

It would be nice to be able to actually get some use out of it before I can honestly review the product. I will say that so far my experience with 4Knines has been wonderful. Their customer service is great.

READ MORE »
Gary Beaton

Great Cover

I been getting these covers for many years and have never been disappointed with them great quality and well made something you don't see very much anymore !

READ MORE »
Jere Miller

If you have dogs, and love your car, this is a must buy!

I recently purchased the Cargo Cover to protect my new Subaru Outback. My dogs love car rides, but they're also shedding dogs and make a mess. The Cargo Cover took a brief 30 seconds to install and provides protection against dirt, scratches, hair, dander. It's super easy to clean-up too!

READ MORE »
Ryan Bracken

Great Product!

XL cargo liner fit my GMC Yukon Denali perfectly. While our 20 lb dog doesn't put much stress on the liner, it works great keeping the back clean from carrying our often muddy recumbent bicycles around. Top notch product, fast delivery. Thanks!

READ MORE »
Leon Campbell

Great products. We are return customers.

Bought the bench cover and side panels for our Nissan Pathfinder. Looks great. We have the same set up in our Titan truck and couldn't be happier with the protection it gives to our leather interior. Highly recommend. Shipping was super fast!!!

READ MORE »
Marchelle Jones

Super nice

I purchased seat covers for my Ford F-350 and my Ford Edge - really nice fit and I have piece of mind knowing my seats are protected!

READ MORE »
Deby Hackney

4Knines.com

For all general inquiries, please call or email us
Phone: 888.602.2509
Email: support@4Knines.com

Sign Up to Our Newsletter

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Nothing but the best for your best friend!
© 4Knines. 2017. All rights reserved | Terms | Privacy

Message Us