Here's this morning's challenge question: In a study done through the Department of Psychology at the University of London, a "panel" of dogs of varying breeds and ages, when exposed to several humans (including their owners) who were sitting and engaged in a variety of activities, responded most actively to those who were doing THIS. Doing what?
The pet dogs were exposed to separate 20-second experimental conditions in which either the dog’s owner or an unfamiliar person pretended to cry, hummed in an odd manner, or carried out a casual conversation. More dogs looked at, approached and touched the humans as they were crying as opposed to humming, and no dogs responded to those talking. The study found a majority of dogs in the study responded to the crying person in a submissive manner consistent with empathic concern and comfort-offering.
They really DO want to help!
Kendra used her own dogs' behavior as inspiration for her guess this mornin g- now she's headed to Windfall Market on us.