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Science confirms dogs really can tell if someone’s a sh*t person

KNEW IT.

By Natasha Harding
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You know when you introduce strangers to your dog and, very occasionally, your dog gets all weird and starts growling at them, and you can't help but judge said stranger?

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After all, dogs are supposed to have a sixth sense and can reportedly smell dying people, so who's to say they can't sniff out assholes too?

Well, it turns out our age old hunch that our dogs are tryna warn us is actually pretty accurate.

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A recent study published in Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews found that dogs can tell if someone is a nice person or not, and will adjust their behaviour accordingly.

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But how can you actually test something like that, you ask?

Well, researchers got dog owners to try and open a container while their puppers watched on, before asking for help from two researchers.

In the first scenario one of the researchers was told to act passively, while the other offered to help the owner. In the second scenario, one researcher stood there passively again, while the other straight-up refused to help.

After each scenario, the two researchers then offered the dog a treat and found some super interesting results.

After the first experiment, the dogs were just as likely to take a treat from either of the two researchers. But after the second test, the dogs were more likely to ignore the researcher who acted like a dick.

So it seems that our clever doggos can tell whether a person is being nasty to another person, and we will never look at Steve from next door the same again.

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