DALLAS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – If you’ve ever come home from a long day only to find out your dog has destroyed something, you are not alone. But does scolding the dog work?
Despite the ‘guilty look’, the droopy ears and lowered head, animal behavior experts now say dogs are not really capable of feeling shame, even though they may look like they do.
“What they are doing is reading human body language,” says Dr. Bonnie Beaver of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. “Lowering of the head is a submissive posture, not a shameful one and we (humans) put the interpretation into it. ”