Dogs can eavesdrop? Yes, they can!Written on October 14, 2012 by Mark T. Troxel, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology) Hospital: Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital

A recent study was performed in which dogs were kept on a leash in a room and allowed to observe a human “beggar” repeatedly asking 2 people in the room holding bowls of sausage for a bite of their sausage. One of the people was stingy and would say “no” and shoo the human “beggar” away with a wave of the hand. The other person was generous and would say “have it” and give a bite of sausage. After the human “beggar” left the room, the dog was let off leash and allowed to approach the people with the sausages. The dogs were 5 times more likely to beg from the generous person than the stingy person!

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