Tuesday, December 9, 2008

CNN NEWS FLASH TO MULTI DOG HOUSEHOLDS

Homer J. Bumpass

Hey Hounders,

Homer J. here with some hot, breaking news right off of the CNN Headline News wire. I'm so struck by this news that I've asked Abby (Dabby-Doo) to add her editorial comments of wisdom where ever she feels it appropriate. This information may come as shocking news to you peeps out there that have more than a"one pet" household. We have 9 of us canines and 3 felines so we know our mom and dad will be amazed by this fascinating discovery.
Abby (Dabby-Doo) Bumpass
LONDON, England (CNN) -- Dogs appear to experience a range of complex, unpleasant emotions such as jealousy and pride, scientists have discovered. (DUH!)

Dogs hate their owner showing affection to other dogs. (DUH! Again)

Until now, this type of behavior had only been shown in humans or chimpanzees, but researchers suspected that other species that live together could be sensitive to fair play -- or a lack of one.
"We are learning that dogs, horses, and perhaps many other species are far more emotionally complex than we ever realized," Paul Morris, a psychologist at the University of Portsmouth who studies animal emotions, told The Sunday Times. (BRILLIANT! How observant.)
"They can suffer simple forms of many emotions we once thought only primates could experience."
Scientists noted that dogs hate to see their owners being affectionate to other dogs and can suffer if a new baby or partner arrives on the scene. (This is news?)
To test the theory, Friederike Range and colleagues at the University of Vienna in Austria asked 33 trained dogs to extend a paw to a human.
The animals performed the trick virtually all of the time whether they were given a reward or not -- when alone or with another dog.
But the dogs' enthusiasm waned when they saw other dogs being rewarded but received nothing themselves.
Dogs that were ignored extended their paws much less often, doing so in only 13 out of 30 trials. They also showed more stress, such as licking or scratching themselves.
"They are clearly unhappy with the unfair situation", Range told New Scientist magazine. She also suspects that this sensitivity might stretch beyond food to more abstract things like praise and attention.
"It might explain why some dogs react with 'new baby envy' when their owners have a child," she said. (REALLY?)

1 comment:

Gus said...

DUH! just about sums this one up!

Muzzer was laughing and laughing.

Geniuses, DUH

gussie

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