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The way to a dog’s heart may not be through its stomach, but rather through its owner’s heart.
John Moore of AFP reports on a Japanese study in which dogs refused “food offered by people who have snubbed their master.”
This discovery shows that dogs have a “capacity to cooperate socially” beyond the motivation of self-interest. This social
capacity, which is also found in “humans and some other primates,” is allegedly rare among animals.
Study leader Kazuo Fujita of Kyoto University pointed out that this trait “is one of [the] key factors in building a highly collaborative society.”
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