Science Confirms that Dogs can Recognize a Bad Person

Dogs are said to be a man’s best friend, and according to new research, this might just be right.
A new study has shown that dogs can feel if a person is untrustworthy, with bad intentions and they won’t act all cuddly around them. It is already a known fact that dogs are very intelligent and can learn lots of commands and communicate with their owners, but this new study by the Kyoto University of Japan went even beyond that.
The experiments were conducted by Akiko Takaoka and his team and they tested if dogs could trust someone who is lying. The experiment was comprised of several test groups, so the result would be highly accurate, and it had 34 dogs as participants.

In the first round of the experiment, the team pointed to a container with dog food. The dogs ran there and expected a reward.
In the second part, the dogs would run to an empty container to which the research team pointed. In this case, there was no reward waiting for them.
In the final part, the team would again point to the full container, but the dog would not respond as it got misleading information in the previous round.

Dogs usually trust their owners (Credit: Victoria Standen)

The conclusion was that the dogs did not respond to in the end, because they spotted the lie. All the 34 dogs taking part in the experiment displayed the same behavior.
The next step of Takaoka’s experiment will be to test this theory on wolves too, as they have common ancestors with dogs and it would be interesting to find that there is a common pattern of behavior too.
Several other experiments have shown that dogs can indeed spot a bad person as they refused treats from someone rude to their owner.
So, in case you have doubts about someone close to you, maybe it would be a great idea to spend some time with them and your dog, to observe its reactions towards that person.

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10 Responses to “Science Confirms that Dogs can Recognize a Bad Person”

  1. Joseph says:

    Would be nice if their experiments would include incidences of first meetings with no treats or other offerings, just a chance encounter. Our dog can immediately to take someone or growl. What does this insinuate.

  2. Susan Kennedy says:

    This explains why trump doesnt have a dog…..

  3. Adrienne Amatulli says:

    I have raised wolf hybrid for 35 years so the answers is yes they know when someone is lying!

  4. Timi Daley says:

    It never showed the video

  5. Kevin Thwaits says:

    All dogs know the difference between good and bad people.
    My dog shakes and barks really low but doesn’t really growl at all.

  6. James Chastain says:

    I do trust a dogs opinion about good and not so good people. But this test feels on first reading very poorly designed.

  7. Kody Smith says:

    This is a great article and so true! We have 3 boxers and I trust them completely when it comes to the reactions they have to strangers.

  8. Don Bates says:

    This is a bogus study, therefore the conclusions are silly. Another attempt to anthropomorphize animals.Dogs only know what they’re conditioned to know. They understand rewards and punishment, not good and bad people. They learn what their owners show and tell them. End stop.

  9. Luis says:

    When I first introduce my puppy Chewbacca to my family it was weird at first but I kind of make sense at the end when he wouldn’t stop barking at two of my siblings which acted nice to me in front of my puppy but have been backstabbing me for a while.

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