Optimistic Dog vs Pessimistic Dog: What’s the difference?

September 18, 2014 9:11 PM

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A new study about dog personalities conducted by Dr. Melissa Starling of University of Sydney shows that there are optimistic and pessimistic dogs. Starling started the experiment by teaching a group of dogs to identify two distinct tones which are associated with two kinds of bowl filled with food. One tone is associated with yummy bowl of milk while the other is a plain old bowl of water.

After the dogs identified the tone and the bowls, Starling threw a tonal curve ball. The dog that responded to the “yummy” tones are considered as optimistic dogs. They are the dogs that expect good things to happen. These bowl-half-full dogs are bright-eyed calculators of risk-vs-reward and they ar...

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