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Is Your Dog A Pessimist?


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Categories: Biology   |   Psychology   |   Science  
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Dogs seem to have a generally happy outlook on life, but how can you tell if your dog is feeling gloomy? Can dogs be pessimistic?

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Canine Sense and Sensibility: Tipping Points and Response Latency Variability as an Optimism Index in a Canine Judgement Bias Assessment (PLOS ONE)

“Recent advances in animal welfare science used judgement bias, a type of cognitive bias, as a means to objectively measure an animal's affective state. It is postulated that animals showing heightened expectation of positive outcomes may be categorised optimistic, while those showing heightened expectations of negative outcomes may be considered pessimistic.”

Dogs' anxiety reflects a 'pessimistic' mood (EurekAlert)

“Many dogs become distressed when left home alone, and they show it by barking, destroying things, or toileting indoors. Now, a new study reported in the October 12th issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, suggests that this kind of separation anxiety occurs most often in dogs that also show "pessimistic"-like behavior.”

Pets on Prozac – drug treatment can help anxious dogs (University of Lincoln)

“Dogs who suffer with separation anxiety become more optimistic when taking the animal equivalent of Prozac during behavioural treatment, according to the results of an innovative new study.”


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