Scientists said self-interest motivated dogs They are considered by many to be a man’s best friend, but scientists say dogs are actually selfish creatures who will play with owners, but not help them.
Researchers from the University of Portsmouth studied 24 family dogs to see how useful they were to their owners , finding that they were more interested in themselves than coming to the aid of a human.
Scientists concluded that, although pooches sometimes helped their owners, it was "mainly self-interest that was driving the dogs’ behaviour."
To test each animal, a notebook somebody had been using was hidden in an opaque tub in one corner while the pet watched and the person left the room. Play!When the human returned and searched for their notebook, if the dog indicated where it was, they were being helpful. A toy was placed in another container in a different corner and, if the dog […]