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How Did Dogs Acquire a "Guilty Look?"
Self | September 18, 2009 | PJ-Comix

Posted on 09/18/2009 3:06:19 PM PDT by PJ-Comix

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I'm sure most of you have seen dogs acting guilty. You can't miss it. Of course, it came from contact with people and only exists in dogs that are domesticated.
1 posted on 09/18/2009 3:06:19 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
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I'm sure most of you have seen dogs acting guilty. You can't miss it. Of course, it came from contact with people and only exists in dogs that are domesticated.

A dog is, by definition, a domesticated animal.
2 posted on 09/18/2009 3:07:27 PM PDT by aruanan
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Good observation...however I have seen less then domesticated dogs act “sneaky”.

So how did dogs learn “sneaky”?


3 posted on 09/18/2009 3:08:34 PM PDT by antivenom (Rather be a racist than a comrade)
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To: PJ-Comix

Cats will crap on your dinner and look disinterested while they do it.


4 posted on 09/18/2009 3:08:38 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: aruanan

What about wild dogs?


5 posted on 09/18/2009 3:08:41 PM PDT by PJ-Comix ("They spent a trillion dollars on a guess?" ---Astute DUmmie observation)
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6 posted on 09/18/2009 3:08:44 PM PDT by Dumpster Baby (Truth is called hate by those who hate the truth.)
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That is one guilty puppy lol


7 posted on 09/18/2009 3:09:26 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system. I am Jim Thompson.)
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Guilt is not an emotion in any part of the rest animal kingdom

In all due respect, that is pure supposition on your part!

8 posted on 09/18/2009 3:09:33 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (For good judgment ask...What would Obama do? Then do the opposite!)
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Say, for example, throughout your formative years you were punished for going poo on the floor. Then, at age 40, you go poo on the floor. Would you remember being punished for it?


9 posted on 09/18/2009 3:10:20 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: antivenom
Guilty dog.


10 posted on 09/18/2009 3:10:22 PM PDT by PJ-Comix ("They spent a trillion dollars on a guess?" ---Astute DUmmie observation)
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Not only does my dog act guilty when, for instance, I catch her sleeping on my pillow, but after we have had words she tries to guilt-trip me.


11 posted on 09/18/2009 3:10:34 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Dumpster Baby

OMG! Whatever he did...uh...he did it. ROFL!


12 posted on 09/18/2009 3:10:43 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: cripplecreek
Cats will crap on your dinner and look disinterested while they do it.

LOL...and dogs will eat it and pretend to feel guilty afterward.

13 posted on 09/18/2009 3:10:49 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (For good judgment ask...What would Obama do? Then do the opposite!)
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To: Dumpster Baby

I want that naughty baby!


14 posted on 09/18/2009 3:11:15 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
In all due respect, that is pure supposition on your part!

You ever see a guilty goldfish, a guilty canary, a guilty gerbil?

15 posted on 09/18/2009 3:11:37 PM PDT by PJ-Comix ("They spent a trillion dollars on a guess?" ---Astute DUmmie observation)
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To: antivenom
"So how did dogs learn “sneaky”?"

Even wolf pups will display wile and cunning in leveraging extra food within the pack. They are punished when caught, but it's a behavior that also proves beneficial to the pack when it's later employed in hunting larger game.

16 posted on 09/18/2009 3:12:48 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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LOL...and dogs will eat it and pretend to feel guilty afterward.

And then come lick your face in gratitude.
17 posted on 09/18/2009 3:13:00 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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What about wild dogs?

Those are the domesticated animals that are living in a feral state. The dog, though, is one of the oldest of the domesticated animals. Even feral, it's inherently a step above a house cat.
18 posted on 09/18/2009 3:13:33 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: La Lydia

Dogs are more intune with peoples emotions than you would think. The tone of your voice, the look in your eyes, even the scent of when you are mad causes responses.
Dogs are the perfect companion for people. They dont care what kind of day you had, or how much money you make. They are always happy when you walk in the front door.
A better question is why they put up with us?


19 posted on 09/18/2009 3:13:46 PM PDT by Yorlik803 ( If this be treason, then lets make the best of it.)
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You ever see a guilty goldfish, a guilty canary, a guilty gerbil?

I don't speak goldfish, canary or gerbil and have not studied their behavior enough to say I am qualified to identify their emotions or how they might be displayed.

You?

20 posted on 09/18/2009 3:15:20 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (For good judgment ask...What would Obama do? Then do the opposite!)
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Those are the domesticated animals that are living in a feral state.

So a French Poodle living in an arctic wilderness could be known as "Fifi of the North?"

21 posted on 09/18/2009 3:15:36 PM PDT by PJ-Comix ("They spent a trillion dollars on a guess?" ---Astute DUmmie observation)
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To: La Lydia
Patsy's play with me look.

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Patsy's I'm in charge look.

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22 posted on 09/18/2009 3:16:44 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To get a little serious about it, it's a fascinating behavior. I assumed it was imitative behavior except on second thought I don't know what opportunity that puppy had to observe it and would speculate that he hadn't one, that expression being fairly rare in human behavior on a day to day basis. So where did it come from?

Personally I suspect that doggies read minds. Not well, but they do. Prove it ain't so! ;-)

23 posted on 09/18/2009 3:16:52 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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I’ve stared at my cousin’s goldfish a lot. Not a trace of guilt.


24 posted on 09/18/2009 3:16:52 PM PDT by PJ-Comix ("They spent a trillion dollars on a guess?" ---Astute DUmmie observation)
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To: PJ-Comix
Guilty Dog
25 posted on 09/18/2009 3:16:54 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: cripplecreek
And then come lick your face in gratitude.

Heheh.

Domesticated animals are too clever by half for their human caretakers.

26 posted on 09/18/2009 3:17:15 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (For good judgment ask...What would Obama do? Then do the opposite!)
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To: PJ-Comix

That would be a frozen fifi of a fificicle.


27 posted on 09/18/2009 3:17:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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I’ve stared at my cousin’s goldfish a lot. Not a trace of guilt.

Be careful, he might be one of those sociopathic goldfish that just doesn't have a conscience.;-)

28 posted on 09/18/2009 3:18:42 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (For good judgment ask...What would Obama do? Then do the opposite!)
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I hope I never get so mad that my dog can smell it! She only weighs five pounds. Mine puts up with me cause I love her to death and spoil her rotten.


29 posted on 09/18/2009 3:18:48 PM PDT by La Lydia
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I have not seen guilty gerbils, but I have seen ones that have been scared for life.... :) paging mr. Gere


30 posted on 09/18/2009 3:18:54 PM PDT by Americanwolf (Palin/Beck 2012!!..... Wilson/Palin 2012!!!...... Palin/Wilson2012!!!)
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To: mware

Absolutely beautiful dog <3


31 posted on 09/18/2009 3:19:11 PM PDT by chris37
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To: mware

What about Patsy’s “don’t mess with me” look?


32 posted on 09/18/2009 3:19:15 PM PDT by PJ-Comix ("They spent a trillion dollars on a guess?" ---Astute DUmmie observation)
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To: antivenom
So how did dogs learn “sneaky”?

From cats.

33 posted on 09/18/2009 3:19:35 PM PDT by giotto
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SODS is right, Peej. Don’t turn yer back on that there goldfish.


34 posted on 09/18/2009 3:20:07 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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Social pack behavior is in the genes of dogs. As you are the alpha leader of the pack, your dog will display certain behavior traits to show subservience to you. One of these is what we as humans would interpret as guilt. It is not guilt per se, but your dog knows that it needs to defer to your authority and circumvent your displeasure in order to remain part of the pack.

http://www.italian-greyhound.net/packbehave.htm


35 posted on 09/18/2009 3:22:19 PM PDT by Kirkwood
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My theory: Dogs are pack animals and they will assume submissive postures to members of the pack that have a higher status. A dog that gives you the “guilty” look has broken a pack rule and views you as higher ranking pack member that is about mete out discipline.


36 posted on 09/18/2009 3:22:42 PM PDT by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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I have no idea. But they are so damn cute when they do it.


37 posted on 09/18/2009 3:23:46 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Dallas59

LOL! That video really does present a guilty dog. And what other animal looks so guilty? Somewhere along the road, dogs picked up the guilt trip from humans. There are also other dog looks similar to humans.


38 posted on 09/18/2009 3:24:03 PM PDT by PJ-Comix ("They spent a trillion dollars on a guess?" ---Astute DUmmie observation)
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To: Dumpster Baby

Good boy! No need to look like that, you are a good boy!


39 posted on 09/18/2009 3:24:31 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: aruanan

Dogs in many cases are a step above most humans or at least Democrats.


40 posted on 09/18/2009 3:25:20 PM PDT by Frantzie (Do we want ACORN running America's healthcare?)
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As George Carlin said.

“Dogs got eyebrows they can manipulate. Cat’s got a bunch of s**t sticking out of their face.”


41 posted on 09/18/2009 3:25:38 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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Not a fish or a canary, though they are usually dead when I get to them.

But the Gerbil thing... Ask Richard Gere


42 posted on 09/18/2009 3:26:10 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: mware

Bookmarking for more great dog pics!


43 posted on 09/18/2009 3:26:30 PM PDT by roses of sharon ( Reagan said, "When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat.")
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My sister’s cat would act guilty, skulking behind furniture, etc. My sister knew that meant there was a mess somewhere in the house. When it was found, and she gave a cat a swat, the cat was all cheerful again.


44 posted on 09/18/2009 3:26:33 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy’s America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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To: Yorlik803

That is a good question! Why do they put up with us?


45 posted on 09/18/2009 3:27:08 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Dallas59

I did’n dooh nuttun! Scratch my belly, please!


46 posted on 09/18/2009 3:29:15 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: SC Swamp Fox

This may also be why dogs left packs to bond with humans. In the pack the alpha dog might just kill them. In dealing with humans - if the dog looks sad then the human usally says okay that is alright. You are a good boy or girl. Most humans are more forgiving than an alpha dog.


47 posted on 09/18/2009 3:29:42 PM PDT by Frantzie (Do we want ACORN running America's healthcare?)
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To: SC Swamp Fox

I think you’re right. My dogs have been admonished their whole lives when they do naughty stuff. They know when they do something on my “naughty” list that I’ll not be my usual happy go lucky self with them. Dogs innately understand body language and facial expressions within their own kind and also with humans, particularly with humans with which they have a long history.

God love a good dog!


48 posted on 09/18/2009 3:29:53 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: Arthur McGowan

When my cat was alive, the kitty litter was along the bathroom wall near the toilet. And when I sat down on the toilet, my cat often chose that time to do her thing on the kitty litter. Strange look on her face but I chuckled at her purposeful timing.


49 posted on 09/18/2009 3:31:23 PM PDT by PJ-Comix ("They spent a trillion dollars on a guess?" ---Astute DUmmie observation)
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Don't have one of those yet. Hell, if a burgler ever broke into my house, she would lick them to death.

Here is Patsy caught in the act.

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50 posted on 09/18/2009 3:32:11 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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