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Is Your Dog an Optimist or a Pessimist?

Living 2010/10/14 22:00:00
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Is your pup a bowl-is-half-full kind of canine? Apparently a professor at the University of Bristol has published a study in Current Biology to prove that dogs that exhibit "separation-related behavior" are actually pessimistic.

These pets act out through excessive chewing, barking and relieving themselves inside, typically when left alone. It turns out Fido's temperament may be to blame.

According to Reuters, the author of the study, Mike Mendl, has determined that dogs make decisions based on their emotional outlook.

The 24 shelter canines who took part in the study were trained to recognize the placement of full vs. empty dog bowls on separate sides of a room. When the bowls were moved to the middle, the optimistic dogs ran happily towards them expecting them to contain loads of Puppy Chow. Meanwhile gloomy pooches assumed there was no kibble and took their time going to check it out.

Personally, it's hard to tell if our pugs are happy or sad, with all those worried looking wrinkles. But we've done years of study proving that where ever we place the food, they run towards the bowl at breakneck speeds.
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  • ♣bucketheadluvr♣ 2010/11/26 06:03:15
    Undecided
    ♣bucketheadluvr♣
    i dont have a dog:( dog sad face
  • BobStrauss 2010/10/18 14:00:56
    Optimist
    BobStrauss
    Optimist to the max, she always lives "in the moment".
  • CindyStacy 2010/10/18 12:13:25
    Optimist
    CindyStacy
    We always havw to visit to my mother-in -law's house from her poddle.for Summer vacation, Thankgiving Day, and Christmas. Her poddle named Sassy.She is 8 years old now. She remembered me that she saw very happy. That is a smart dog.
  • Bananban 2010/10/18 04:12:02
    Undecided
    Bananban
    She's still strong enough to drag me around but I swear she's starting to go senile... she'll start shaking when the wind blows. It's horrible but funny at the same time. We've got her on doggy prozac now, so that's helped.

    She's still happy, though.
  • Occams Bananban 2010/10/18 07:54:34
    Occams
    That bloody cup is neither half full nor half empty: it is just too fu#**ing big.
  • ☠ Cheryl ☮ 2010/10/18 03:45:59
    Undecided
    ☠ Cheryl ☮
    Neither, mine is NEUROTIC! LOL neurotic lol
  • Doreen 2010/10/18 03:40:07
    Optimist
    Doreen
    My dog is well adjusted pretty much anywhere even if I leave him. The reason that I say "pretty much anywhere" is that he gets nervous in Wal-Mart but so do I ( odd that it is only Wal-Mart that he is nervous in ). A service dog MUST be well rounded and optimistic.
  • SuperAnon 2010/10/18 03:04:09
  • Fred 2010/10/18 00:28:17
    Pessimist
    Fred
    I'll walk my dog 10 times a day or feed my dog a meal and it always wants more. I'm not sure if that means she's a pessimist or just greedy but in my mind thats being a pessimist. not to say that mans best friend isn't my best friend.
  • Naui 2010/10/17 23:53:18
  • Fred Naui 2010/10/18 00:29:16
    Fred
    the only thing I have against cats is when you find 10 of them in your bed, but my grandma's the crazy cat lady.
  • Naui Fred 2010/10/18 00:45:27
  • mypoint?? 2010/10/17 22:48:28 (edited)
    Pessimist
    mypoint??
    My dog is great and everyone loves her. One of the best animal personalities most people have encountered but she is also a pessimist according to what this article states. She won't even eat when I am not home. She mourns every single day when I go to work. Every roommate I have ever had at some point comes to me and tells me about how she acts when I am at work during the week. Apparently all of her cuteness goes out the window when I walk out the door and there is only sadness. :( Its kinda heartbreaking.
  • ShamWOW!! 2010/10/17 22:33:30
    Undecided
    ShamWOW!!
    I dont really know but I used that same picture in a powerpoint about animal cruelty!
  • ShotGun 2010/10/17 18:35:06
    Optimist
    ShotGun
    ummm.... YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • rtava 2010/10/17 17:43:45
    Optimist
    rtava
  • Occams rtava 2010/10/18 07:57:47
    Occams
    My Goldie is a mellow fellow. Always so cool and well centered. He makes me feel inferior.
  • rtava Occams 2010/10/18 23:00:56
    rtava
    aw :) i have a black lab mix, she's REALLY HYPER
  • Letha 2010/10/17 17:02:22
    Pessimist
    Letha
    +2
    She's a lone wolf, and litterally a wolf...
  • Jordache 2010/10/17 11:56:17
    Optimist
    Jordache
    +1
    I'm pretty sure he's a happy dog.... but I should have picked undecided. He has tantrums.
  • JO 2010/10/17 08:25:42
    Undecided
    JO
    My husband has a little dog, who is spoiled beyone belief, he's a regular pest.
    But my grandson has a beautiful little blond dog who is a real sweetheart.

    JO
  • :) smiley 2010/10/17 08:25:08
    Undecided
    :) smiley
    he's really ahppy sometimes and sometimes he's really sad.. :O
  • Neon~Converse 2010/10/17 05:12:07
    Undecided
    Neon~Converse
    How the hell am I supposed to know how my dog thinks?! I may be Texan, but I'm no dog whisperer.
  • Arkie 2010/10/17 03:14:24
    Undecided
    Arkie
    sarcastic
  • ANGIE 2010/10/17 02:36:22 (edited)
    Undecided
    ANGIE
    my dog is a dirty little devil who will try to bite your face if you look at him wrong-definite bi-polar tendencies-dog is super-intelligent knows tons of tricks-but ooh he is spooky
  • Randylin 2010/10/17 01:58:26
    Undecided
    Randylin
    hmm...if you have seperation-related bahvior you're pessimistic...
    well gee, thanks captain obvious.
  • Emily_Lightning ~Final Fant... 2010/10/17 01:17:14
    Undecided
    Emily_Lightning ~Final Fantasy Addict~
    he does get angry and whine-bark a lot when we leave him alone...
  • rockergirl 2010/10/16 18:46:53
    Optimist
    rockergirl
    have 2 of them
  • *♫♥♫smexygleek♫♥♫* 2010/10/16 17:47:47
    Undecided
    *♫♥♫smexygleek♫♥♫*
    +3
    ummmmm idk i'll make her take the quiz....
  • Emily_L... *♫♥♫sme... 2010/10/17 01:16:27
    Emily_Lightning ~Final Fantasy Addict~
    xD
  • *♫♥♫sme... Emily_L... 2010/10/17 01:22:45
  • ShotGun *♫♥♫sme... 2010/10/17 18:35:38
    ShotGun
    XD wat???
  • *♫♥♫sme... ShotGun 2010/10/17 18:40:16
    *♫♥♫smexygleek♫♥♫*
    idkkk
  • ShotGun *♫♥♫sme... 2010/10/23 14:30:27
    ShotGun
    lol
  • Kerymi 2010/10/16 16:08:39
    Optimist
    Kerymi
    Mhm(:
    I have a short legged Jack Russell Terrier. He's happy and well behaved and super hyper(:
  • ellomotto 2010/10/16 14:43:00
    Optimist
    ellomotto
    oh my God she's always so hyper and happy
  • SANDERS 2010/10/16 03:29:37
  • FraidSkinkle 2010/10/16 02:37:50
    Optimist
    FraidSkinkle
    +1
    my dogs a rave of sunshine
  • Eddie_DOMA_is_dead 2010/10/16 02:02:27
  • Occams Eddie_D... 2010/10/18 08:00:47
    Occams
    +1
    Mine is an agnostic, insomniac, dyslectic. He lies awake all night wondering if Dog really exists

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