If Someone Is A Jerk To You, Your Dog Will Be A Jerk Right Back, Researchers Say

A new study shows that dogs will refuse food from someone who was rude to their owners.

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A recent study has reinforced something most of us already know: Dogs are the best animals on the planet.

Scientists at Kyoto University have found that if a dog sees someone snub his owner, then he’s going to give that person a furry-but-cold shoulder right back, The Guardian reports.

In their study, the researchers had dogs watch their owners try to open a box with two strangers. In one scenario, one person refused to help with the task, while in the other, the person actually gave some assistance. (A third person remained neutral in both situations).

The strangers then tried to feed the dog, and everyone quickly learned that not even food would make the animals forget which person was a total jerk: The dog frequently refused to take snacks from the person who hadn’t helped his owner.

“We discovered for the first time that dogs make social and emotional evaluations of people regardless of their direct interest,” lead researcher Kazuo Fujita told The Guardian.

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