Dogs always know how to capture the hearts of their humans – it’s literally built into who they are! In the transition from wolves to dogs, our furry companions learned a special ability; humans can do things to help us.
We can see easily see this behavior in dogs all across the world.
Odds are, you have seen your dog do this! If they can’t do something, they come to you for help. A ball rolls under the couch? They will whine until you come and help them. This may seem normal, but it was specifically bred into dogs a long time ago.
Scientists did an incredible experiment with wolves and dogs that show us WHY dogs love us.
In the test, they placed ten pet dogs and 10 wolves raised by people with a task that could be solved rather easily. A man called over each of the animals so they could see him placing a piece of sausage in a clear box that had a rope on it.
In the study, eight of the wolves opened the box and only one dog did.
What were the dogs doing during that time? Looking at the human for help! It seems that dogs are smart enough to know that a human can solve most of their problems for them. Sneaky pooch.
Athena, the German Shepherd, is another great example of human-dog interactions.
We have ALL been manipulated by a dog at some point. Usually, they show off those big puppy eyes in order to get a bit of cheese or something. They know how to game the system!
When Athena was found, she was walking around a construction site in Texas.
After the crew gave her some water, they called the shelter. Be Intentional picked her up and brought her back home. When they got a good look at her, they knew she was a stray and didn’t have a home.
She had quite the list of issues.
The poor dog had a harness that was WAY too small and a ton of parasites. She also had terrible mange that had caused almost all of her fur to fall off. After starting treatment, however, the caretakers noticed something.
Little Athena had learned her own power!
Like a professional con-dog, Athena figured out how she could get more food and pets from her new friends at the shelter. Whenever someone would walk by, she would pick up the bowl and stand at the cage’s glass!
When someone walked by, they couldn’t resist her!
Athena knew exactly what she was doing. She knew that she could get whatever she wanted from her loving friends and she abused that system!
“She gets lots of attention and plenty of food,” Kasko said. “But she has figured out that holding her bowl with her cute little face tends to get her more cuddles.”
Athena is in a foster home now but is sure to go to a permanent home.
The sneaky dog is still learning how to trust humans again and is with a foster mom right now. The little dog gets ALL The pampering and endless love.
Check out the video of her “begging” below!
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