If you ever feel that your trusty four-legged companion jumps to your defense, as in the movie Dog Lassie or Bolt, we have good news – you are right.
New research shows that most dogs can get into trouble with owners even if they are not trained to protect the human.
The study revealed that 84% of dogs try to protect their owners if they know how to help them.
In the mock trial, researchers found that dogs were more likely to go to their owners’ aid than to get food.
Research has shown that dogs are more prone to stress when they see their owners in distress.
Psychologists at Arizona State University have estimated how 60 pet dogs can protect their owners using Joshua von Beberg and Clive Wayne Mack tests.
When dog owners pretend to be confined to the big box, “Help” or “Help me!”
He was not allowed to use his dog’s name (meaning that the animal acted with obedience).
The box has a lightweight door that dogs can open.
Professor von Borg said: “One-third of the dogs are rescued by their aggrieved owner, which is not very impressive, but is really impressive when you look closely.
“Because there are two things at stake here: one is the desire to help dog owners, and the other is to understand the nature of the help dogs need”
In another test, when a researcher saw a dog throwing food into the box, only 19 of the 60 dogs opened the box to receive food.
Professor von Borg said: “Without understanding how each dog opens the box, the proportion of dogs that have rescued their owners is a good measure of the proportion of dogs that want to protect their owners.
“Two-thirds of dogs don’t even open the box for food. Rescue needs more than just motivation, it has something else, and it’s a capability.”
“If you only look at the 19 dogs who showed us that they were able to open the door to a food test, then 84% of them were rescued by their owners. So, most dogs want to protect you, but they need to know how.”
Researchers said dogs who saw their owners in distress were also stressed.
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“The fascinating thing about this study is that it shows that dogs really care about their people. Even without training, most dogs try to protect those in distress – and we can see how upset they are when they fail.”