DOGS SNUB PEOPLE WHO ARE MEAN TO THEIR OWNERS: STUDY

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TOKYO: Dogs do not like people who are mean to their owners, Japanese researchers said Friday, and will refuse food offered by people who have snubbed their master. The findings reveal that canines have the capacity to co-operate socially—a characteristic found in a relatively small number of species, including humans and some other primates. “We discovered for the first time that dogs make social and emotional evaluations of people regardless of their direct interest,” lead researcher Kazuo Fujita of Kyoto University said. “This ability is one of key factors in building a highly collaborative society, and this study shows that dogs share that ability with humans.”

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