"Of course he feels bad, look at that face!"
"The dog in many respects is able to deceive its owners into making them believe what they want to believe, in order to avoid any trouble.
When you come home and the post has all been chewed up, the owner will immediately blame the dog.
The dog will invariably give that hang dog look and the owner will say ‘he knows what he’s done, he feels guilty.’
Guilt is a very complex emotion and I don’t think a dog can feel guilty, but what they can do it instantly recognise their owner is upset with them and go into that submissive mode because they know it will work. The owner sees all these positive signals and there is no dispute."
– From an interview with Ryan O’Meara, who wrote Clever Dog: Life Lessons From Man’s Best Friend.
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