The researchers carried out an experiment with a total of 84 dogs, in which they darkened the room in which the food occupied by the owner, which was taboo for a dog, was located. Would good dog training still work? Unfortunately not: Because the further they dimmed the light, the more four-legged friends dared to eat the treats despite the officially pronounced ban. The official result is likely to be water on the mills of a large number of dog lovers: in complete darkness, the chance that the dog will dare to steal the food will increase fourfold.
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Team leader Juliane Kaminski told National Geographic that the determining factor that prompted dogs to eat food wasn't necessarily the presence or absence of a person nearby. Rather, their decision depended on whether the food was in an illuminated area or not. In other words, as soon as the four-legged friends can be sure that they are visible to their master when they approach the feast, they hold back. In the dark, however, you feel unobserved - and secretly steal the forbidden food. It is not known whether the food thieves felt guilty afterwards.1 comments Login to comment