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That 'Guilty' Look That Your Dog Is Giving You Isn't Actually Guilt

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Haven't opened the link yet but totally agree - fear not guilt has been long known.  Facebook has a lot to answer for in perpetuating and encouraging the stupid interpretation. 

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Interesting article.  Have had a few of these.  If it was fear, how come tail is not tucked in?

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I just looked at the pictures.  The first few lines made it clear that this isn't research based (though the 2009 book it refers to probably is). 

I sure don't think the dogs in the photos look guilty.  Anticipatory, maybe.  

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Snook   
11 hours ago, teddybeans said:

Interesting article.  Have had a few of these.  If it was fear, how come tail is not tucked in?

There are varying levels of fear and varying markers of stress. When my dog is very mildly fearful or stressed, his ears, eyes and tight mouth or looking away will indicate it and he may lower his tail but not tuck it between his legs. As his fear or stress gets a bit higher he tucks his tail. Then he escalates to lowering his body or cowering, then lying down and exposing his belly. Sometimes it's a gradual progression, sometimes it's not. I imagine different dogs will react to different situations with different levels of fear or stress and it won't always result in a tucked tail. 

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5 hours ago, Snook said:

There are varying levels of fear and varying markers of stress. When my dog is very mildly fearful or stressed, his ears, eyes and tight mouth or looking away will indicate it and he may lower his tail but not tuck it between his legs. As his fear or stress gets a bit higher he tucks his tail. Then he escalates to lowering his body or cowering, then lying down and exposing his belly. Sometimes it's a gradual progression, sometimes it's not. I imagine different dogs will react to different situations with different levels of fear or stress and it won't always result in a tucked tail. 

Very interesting.

 

I don't know whether this case classifies, but when my older boy wants to get my attention, and does things on purpose, I'm sure he is not guilty or fearful of it :rofl:

 

For example, he would grab my sock from my laundry pile, make sure i was looking and make a slow run for it when he knows he has my attention.  I know this for a fact because if I deliberately ignore him (as though i didn't notice), he would drop the sock and think of something else.  Boys would be boys!

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Nah, not the same thing, but I watched my sisters Dingo X GSD do the same.

Sister on the phone, Dog stands over the rubbish bin and waits till she looks before grabbing a mouth full and bolting.:laugh:

 

Sis tried to cure counter surfing with chilli in meat. Dog takes one and gives sister a 'look' then deliberately takes the rest.

A hand full that girl, with brains I loved!

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1 hour ago, teddybeans said:

Very interesting.

 

I don't know whether this case classifies, but when my older boy wants to get my attention, and does things on purpose, I'm sure he is not guilty or fearful of it :rofl:

 

For example, he would grab my sock from my laundry pile, make sure i was looking and make a slow run for it when he knows he has my attention.  I know this for a fact because if I deliberately ignore him (as though i didn't notice), he would drop the sock and think of something else.  Boys would be boys!

Schnauzers, I'm convinced hae a sense of humour.

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1 hour ago, teddybeans said:

Very interesting.

 

I don't know whether this case classifies, but when my older boy wants to get my attention, and does things on purpose, I'm sure he is not guilty or fearful of it :rofl:

 

For example, he would grab my sock from my laundry pile, make sure i was looking and make a slow run for it when he knows he has my attention.  I know this for a fact because if I deliberately ignore him (as though i didn't notice), he would drop the sock and think of something else.  Boys would be boys!

Schnauzers, I'm convinced have a sense of humour.

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26 minutes ago, twodoggies2001 said:

Schnauzers, I'm convinced have a sense of humour.

haha they sure do!  If only they could talk..... 

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5 minutes ago, teddybeans said:

haha they sure do!  If only they could talk..... 

Mine do, don't yours:laugh:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 minutes ago, twodoggies2001 said:

Mine do, don't yours:laugh:

 

haha not something i understand.   lucky me right?

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Snook   
2 hours ago, teddybeans said:

Very interesting.

 

I don't know whether this case classifies, but when my older boy wants to get my attention, and does things on purpose, I'm sure he is not guilty or fearful of it :rofl:

 

For example, he would grab my sock from my laundry pile, make sure i was looking and make a slow run for it when he knows he has my attention.  I know this for a fact because if I deliberately ignore him (as though i didn't notice), he would drop the sock and think of something else.  Boys would be boys!

Yeah, I would say that's attention seeking or playful. My dog has always been pretty good with not doing stuff like that but I remember so clearly the day we went to hang out under the shade of a tree on a hot day and I forgot to bring a toy for him. The little bugger kept grabbing my brand new purse in his mouth and taking off doing zoomies with it to get me to chase him, the same way he does with toys. It's very hard to tell a dog off when you're doubled over laughing. :laugh:

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Kazm   
3 hours ago, twodoggies2001 said:

Mine do, don't yours:laugh:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schnauzers definitely have a sense of humour and yes, talk . I can have quite a “conversation” with Molly. I might be silly but I can mostly “understand”  her. A girl of many voices she is.

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1 minute ago, Kazm said:

Schnauzers definitely have a sense of humour and yes, talk . I can have quite a “conversation” with Molly. I might be silly but I can mostly “understand”  her. A girl of many voices she is.

When i talk to mine, he just licks me to death.  He knows I hate it.  Probably his way of telling me to shut up.:laugh:

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