Dogs feel guilt in order to fool us?

Dogs feel guilt in order to fool us?
People often think that their dogs and cats feel guilt when they’ve done something wrong and punish them accordingly, but studies have found that this is just an expression that pets put on to appease their owners. It’s not real guilt, and they don’t really realize what they’ve done wrong. So while we think we’re punishing them for something they know they’ve done, they may just feel we’re punishing them arbitrarily. Well, when my dog digs a hole in the garden. Then if I point on the hole in front of him. My dog lowers the head and feels ashamed. Then he tries to run away from me. Do your dogs do that. If yes, then do you believe in the research that dogs try to fool us by doing this?




I think some dogs are perfect hollywood stars when it comes to drama making. My dogs at least do this and they do it again everytime so I do think they just do it so I get easier on them. They keep digging holes on the yard, breaking stuffs and so.
Posted by Pink_Turtle on 10-31-2017
Hollywood stars? That sounds funny! I already had a dog that acted this way and it really looks like a child who is crying to get a candy. They know that those melancholic eyes are our weak spot to give them what they really want. Anyway, I love dogs and I always like to please them.



I disagree

Dogs are loyal pets and when they do something wrong and something they know that they shouldn't have done then they do feel bad about it. They can't always stop themselves from doing it but once they do get caught they are genuine in their feelings. You can tell by their behavior that they truly feeling bad and it not an act to get attention.
Posted by Sue on 11-08-2017

I guess not.

I don't think dogs can be so articulate to the point of planning something like that. in my opinion, is a very genuine kind of reaction (or maybe I'm too innocent not to consider how clever they really can be, haha).
Posted by wiseagent on 10-31-2017

I think it's genuine

People say animals run on instinct, while I do believe that true I also think they have some form of thought process. Because if they are all instinct they would all act the same. And when they do something wrong I think its genuine guilt that they are feeling.
Posted by Soulwatcher on 10-31-2017

I don't think they're that smart

I think if any pet would be trying to pull this off it wouldn't be dogs and instead maybe it would be cats because they are cunning in that type of way. With dogs, the emotions seem a lot more genuine and simplistic in that you mostly seem to be getting what is on the surface and not much more. It's what makes them so likeable to humans because they aren't conniving like most other people.
Posted by Wubwub on 11-03-2018

No doggy

I don't think they do so. I mean I haven't been able to train my dogs to do that but seeing other people post videos on Facebook and YouTube about that then I truly do believe. It is actually a cute and a laughable seen to see because you get to see them act out their emotions and feelings towards you. I know they would like to play with us and fool us around at times but there won't come a time where they feel guilt just to fool us that hard.
Posted by YoloBoy on 11-17-2018


Dogs can feel guilty to their owners if they have really done something wrong, it is not to fool them but it is the truth that they demonstrate to their owners.
Posted by babyright on 10-27-2017
Maybe you mean to say that dogs are honest. And I have to agree because dogs are not like humans with their pretenses. When they know that they had done something wrong, they will give you the look that they are guilty. That is the way of dogs to their masters because they know that their masters love them and they simply want to reciprocate by being honest with their feelings.
Posted by Corzhens on 06-01-2018
What a conspiracy you have going on here lol. I am almost 100% sure cats don't feel any sort of guilt what so ever no matter what they do. Dogs, on the other hand, I think they genuinely feel bad or what ever their equivalent of feeling bad is when they do something that displeases their master. Dogs are, after all, mans best friend and they are also very loyal creatures generally and they seem to always in one way or another trying to work in the good graces of their owner as well as for their owner.
Posted by AlexHarris on 10-29-2017
Well, honestly we weren't discussing the cats either. I certainly know cats never feel guilt. They damage their owner and would feel pleasure doing so.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 10-31-2017
I think they feel bad maybe that they have disappointed their owners, but in terms of feeling I don't think so, and even if they do feel bad their owners were upset with them..They will probably forget all about it in a few minutes, and go back to doing the same thing. A dog's gotta do what a dog's gotta do!
Posted by kgord on 10-29-2017
How did the scientists find out that the dogs do not actually feel guilty and their expression after they have done wrong is just to appease their masters? In my observation, I feel that dogs actually feel guilty. Once, out dog ate neighbour's chicken. While he was attacking my mother was scolding him, he caught the chicken and hid inside the bush. After he ate the chicken he came out of the bush, he appeared sorry.
Posted by vinaya on 10-29-2017
I don't think so. If this was true then there would be no way to educate or adstrate pets. There are pets that are extremely trained and will not move an inch outside of what it been taught. So I don't agree with this at all
Posted by Marvadaum on 10-29-2017
Well my dog is super clever, and he knows for sure how to make me get angry. Sometimes I think he's just playing, and something gets wrong, so he ends up doing a bad thing, but some others I almost can swear this dog is doing it, to give me a lesson or whatever. He knows exactly what makes me get angry, I do call his attention about it or punish him, and he still likes to do it, and sometimes I would say he enjoys doing it. Maybe I'm going to need a therapist for him, or me, or both of us hahaha.
Posted by ballyhara on 11-01-2017
Dogs can sometimes pretend to be ashamed of their actions, faining sincerity like people do. The thing is, this behavior is totally innocent and actually kind of cute. Whereas it's more malicious and nefarious when it comes from humans. Because dogs don't have as many complicated layers to their behavior as humans do.
Posted by NickJ on 11-01-2017
I guess this assertion is true because many times my dog has tried something very nsughty and you try hitting her she will lower down and try to look scare and funny at one like begging for mercy but only return to do worse though I don't waste time in hitting her the next time. I believe they know this and always want to use this to gain favour.I can totally relate.
Posted by lovely on 11-02-2017
That they do worse doesn't mean they are not truly sorry for what they did earlier on. One thing we have to understand is that these are animals and can mess up over and over again since they can't really think like humans. So, that's the reason your dog ended up committing a new offence after feeling sorry for previous mistakes.
Posted by Barida on 11-04-2017
I have 3 dogs and they each have their own idiosyncrasies. But the brattest and smartest is Barbie, the only female and the youngest as well. When she is scolded, she would turn meek as if she was a child. And when I call on her, the only thing that moves is her eyes. With that gesture, I always fail in my resolve to be strict, naturally I would hug her and she would be back to her old self that is active and insistent. I guess some dogs have the propensity to outsmart their master.
Posted by Corzhens on 11-04-2017
One thing about animals is that they are honest in the way they try to relate with their owners. I don't have a dog, but I've seen a scenario where a dog bit the son of its owner and ran away without returning up till this moment. That has made me see animals as having that real guilt when they do something that they know they will be punished for.
Posted by Barida on 11-04-2017
Dogs act based on instinct. If they behave like they look or seem guilty and repentant, it's because they feel that way. Dogs aren't complicated animals and we should be smart enough to realize that they are exhibiting unfettered emotions and not something contrived to fool or appease their masters. That they go back to their old self after being scolded is just natural.
Posted by chatbox on 11-27-2017
I guess sometimes they fool us but sometimes not. There were times that I reprimanded my dog and everytime I scold him, I point my fingers on him so what he will do he will just lower down his head and will look into my eyes while heads down as if he is saying sorry to me. I just feel guilty everytime I get to scold him. When I call his name he will eventually come near to me as if he wants me to touch him.
Posted by nekonieden on 07-12-2018
Dogs have some intelligence in them but I don't believe that they have conscience. "Conscience" is a trait that only humans have. God gave this trait only to humans. I believe that they don't really realize what they've done but they somehow understand that there's something wrong because they can feel the anger of their owners and by just listening to their owners' voices and look on the face, they know something is wrong. And that's pretty much it.
Posted by jessie271 on 12-16-2018