Dogs are man’s best friend. They take care of us, protect us no matter what and we can count on them for all their lives. In return, we give them food, affection, and a home. Have you ever thought what is important for your dog? Is it happier when you praise it or when it has a good meal?
The study was conducted by researchers from Emory University. They thought at first that dogs just wanted food and their owners were means to get it. However, they have now another point of view. It is possible that dogs value human contact more than food. Researchers used 13 dogs for their experiment. They trained the dogs to associate three objects with three different rewards. After 32 trials, they found out that dogs do not care only about one thing. There were some who had a strong response to praise rather than their favorite food.
Moreover, they continued the experiment by training the dogs with sets of the maze. One was leading to food and the other one to their owner. The dogs chose what they had chosen in the first experiment. So dogs who chose praise, went to their owners while the others went to food. It seems that praise is important for dogs. They need affection as much as they need to eat.
A dog is one of the best animals you can have around. According to a study, spending time with your dog can make you feel better, relaxed and reduces stress. If you feel happy, then you should not have problems with heart diseases. Moreover, it seems that dogs are protecting children from allergies. Kids who grow up with dogs have a lower risk to develop allergies.
Do you want to exercise but you don’t want to it alone? You can run with your dog in the park anytime. Having a dog improves our health. It can also protect you no matter what. A dog can be trained to help people with disabilities. It can also alert you if someone is trying to get in your house or something wrong is happening. It can be the best friend you will ever have.
We do not know for sure if dogs prefer affection or food. What we do now is that they will be always there for making us smile and protecting us as much as they can.
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