Dogs will go out of their way to make owners feel better, study shows

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Dogs know when you’re upset and they will go out of their way to make you feel better, finds a new study.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University found dogs would rush to push through a door when they heard their person crying on the other side. 34 pet dogs of different breeds and sizes, including golden retrievers, pugs and mixed breeds were used in the study. Owners were behind a clear door shut closed with magnets. Owners either hummed “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” or cried. The dogs didn’t open the door more often when their owners cried, but the ones who did, opened it three times faster than than dogs whose owners were humming.

Scientists measured the dogs’ stress levels and found dogs who pushed through the door showed less stress - so they were upset by the crying, but not so much that they couldn’t take action. As for the dogs who didn’t push the door open, researchers say they cared too much and showed the most stress, indicating they were too worried by the crying to spring into action and “save” their owner.

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