One Study Reveals A Simple Test To Learn If Your Dog Is Pessimistic Or Optimistic

Studies at the University of Sydney have determined that your dog, like you, may be either an optimist or a pessimist.  Researchers drew this conclusion from a series of games involving rewards systems, tonal response, and treats of varying tastiness. Depending on the dogs' responses to a particular stimulus, the researchers were able to gauge an individual pooch's risk sensitivity. [caption id="attachment_82934" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Lead researcher Dr. Melissa Starling with one of the study's pawticipants. Lead researcher Dr. Melissa Starling with one of the study's pawticipants.[/caption] In other words, a lack of reward for pawfectly performed tricks deterred some dogs from trying the trick in the future, while other dogs persisted in their trickery in hopes of receiving a yummy morsel. While this may sound mean, the tests provided an amazing amount of insight into the mind of a dog, and prove something dog parents have known for years: dogs are complicated. [bp_related_article]
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h/t to Huffington Post

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