Dogs are far more patient with incompetent humans than those teasing them, research says.
Noodle, an Instagram famous sausage dog, is going viral on TikTok for his unimpressed reaction to research that suggests that pets judge owners. The dog appeared to overhear what was being said during a segment on Loose Women. When it came on, Noodle was curled up on the sofa, and the camera quickly panned to him giving owner Tilde the side eye. According to the study, dogs are far more patient with incompetent humans. "Feel like someone in this room might have been part of the survey," Tilde joked in the caption. The golden reaction received more than 1.9 million likes on Noodle and Tilde's TikTok.
Seems like Noodle wasn't the only one. Paddy's golden judgemental reaction to the reaction also went viral on TikTok. The video was captioned "When will the judging stop?" Seems like never. Dog lovers obviously were thrilled to see these dogs judge us, humans. "He's like 'yea and what about it' commented @jayda. "He's like 'well, I could've told you that,'" wrote @JBLAudio. "I feel judged through my own phone," expressed @Amanda | UGC.
The dogs were reacting to the study published which precisely says that dogs are capable of understanding human intentions and reacting accordingly. The findings of the behavioral study, presented in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, suggest dogs show more patience when people are clumsy or incapable of feeding them compared to when they are unwilling and choose to tease. Clever Dog Labs at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna researchers closely monitored the reactions of nearly 100 dogs to people who fed them slices of sausage.
In the study, scientists interacted with the dogs in a variety of ways, including dropping the treats awkwardly so that the four-legged friends couldn't reach them and teasing the canines by holding the sausage in front of them and quickly pulling it away. According to the findings, dogs are more patient with genuinely unskillful people than with those trying to fake a lack of skill. The dogs reacted differently to the researchers' "clumsiness," "teasing," and "incompetence," it was discovered.
In another study, researchers from Kyoto University in Japan tested 74 pet dogs, per BBC. They discovered that dogs were more interested in humans who excelled at certain tasks than in those who struggled. Female dogs were found to be the most judgmental, preferring the most competent humans. This type of judgment is seen in other animals such as dolphins, ravens, and chimps - all of which live in social groups.
Next time, when you are being watched by your animal companion, be mindful that they may also be judging you...silently or loudly.
This sausage dog's reaction to research proving 'pets judge us' is gold https://t.co/UO1H2x4z5c— indy100 (@indy100) February 3, 2023