SAN FRANCISCO — The golden retrievals are here to help, and they’re getting more than just a little help from their canine friends.
A new study finds the dogs’ responses to a range of scenarios have more to do with their owners’ personalities than anything they’re doing.
“The dogs are doing what they’re supposed to be doing,” said Dr. Stephen D. Miller, a veterinary behavioral scientist at San Francisco State University who was not involved in the research.
He said the dogs are also learning to recognize and recognize when their owners are trying to manipulate their behavior.
The study, published online in the journal Cognition, looked at dog behavior and emotion across four different scenarios.
It found that, when asked to guess how their dog would respond to a variety of scenarios, the dogs showed a preference for the person who was showing more interest in the situation.
When asked to perform a behavior like climbing a tree, dogs tended to prefer their owner who was more interested in the activity.
But when asked if their owner was making eye contact with them, dogs were more likely to perform the behavior if they were trying to hide their expressions.
Another study, from researchers at the University of British Columbia, also found that when asked what they would do if a dog attacked someone, dogs seemed to prefer to get hit.
Miller said the study is not a definitive look at the dogs and their emotions, but the research does shed light on what the dogs might be learning from their owners.
In the past, he said, people have assumed that dogs have a natural fear of strangers, and he thinks that is not the case.
That’s why, Miller said, he thinks this study adds to a growing body of research that shows that the emotions that dogs express are very, very important to their well-being.
“They’re the emotions of their owners,” Miller said.
And because of this, he and other researchers hope that the dog owners’ intentions will become less about how the dog will behave, and more about how they will respond.
The study found that dogs, even the trained ones, do not always understand the intentions of their human companions.
In some situations, when dogs are trying not to hurt their owner, they do not show a clear preference for their owners, Miller told reporters.
One of the study’s authors, Dr. Christopher G. Shultz, said he thinks the researchers may have overestimated the degree to which dogs understand their owners and the way they want things to be done.
As far as the dog being aware of its owner’s intentions, Miller noted that he has seen dogs that were startled by people approaching their owners when they were still in their human form.
Shultz said that he thought that was because the dogs were trying not too hard to imitate the human, but because the human was trying to get in their way.
Miller said that, in general, dogs do not seem to understand how their human friends are using their bodies to communicate.
He said that when dogs were given a choice between two humans, one with a dog, one without a dog on a leash, they tended to choose the human that had a dog.
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