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said Saïd Amin (@said) Pinned comment
Switching gears a bit, but what about shaming dogs? I found it interesting to learn that animal behaviorists say dogs lack the ability to feel shame altogether. News to me. But wait, what about Flex's anxious/sad reaction to my serious but somewhat goofy glare when he misbehaved?

From a TIME article (

"In one 2009 study that sought to examine the so-called “guilty dog look,” dogs were videotaped as their owners instructed them not to eat a treat then left the room. Some dogs succumbed to temptation and some didn’t, some owners knew and some didn’t, but “the look” was strongly tied to the owner’s actions—not the dog’s.

“I found that the ‘look’ appeared most often when owners scolded their dogs, regardless of whether the dog had disobeyed or did something for which they might or should feel guilty,” Alexandra Horowitz, who conducted the study and wrote Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know, told the AP. “It wasn’t ‘guilt’ but a reaction to the owner that prompted the look."
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