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Dogs Dislike People Who Are Mean To Their Owners, According To Researchers

Dogs Dislike People Who Are Mean To Their Owners, According To Researchers

Science has recently confirmed something we all already knew: Dogs dislike people who are mean to their owners.

Now, I’m sure the majority of us reading this article are probably thinking to ourselves that it’s pretty obvious our dogs have our backs. They are there for us when we cry, when we are happy, on family trips… However, critics have often questioned whether our beloved pets feel or have the ability to feel what we do, even on an emotional level. Well, now there is some proof out there that our dogs really do understand us, and what happens to us.

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A recent study published in the journal Animal Behaviour concludes the idea that dogs can tell when their owners are being mistreated by others, and as such may snub the people inflicting the pain, discomfort, or lack of help toward said owners. The researchers of the study, from Kyoto University, conducted an experiment on three groups of 18 dogs witnessing 2 strangers being mean, neutral, or helpful to their owners when they needed help opening a box. The same strangers would then offer treats to the dogs as the researchers noted the reactions of the dogs to the individuals and gesture.

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In the first group, the stranger asked to help actively refused to do so. In the second group, the stranger helped. In the last group, both strangers asked acted neutral toward the owner asking for help.

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In the first group, the dogs were far more likely to refuse food from the mean stranger, but accept food from the neutral stranger. Regarding the two other groups, no documented difference was noted and the dogs took the treats equally.

Dog are very social creatures and can pick up on verbal and nonverbal clues, and don’t always act on just self-interest. If that were the case, the study states, the dogs would have taken the treats no matter the behavior of the person dispensing them. The study also stated that the behavior these dogs exhibited aren’t seen in children until they are around three years of age, and is a foreign concept to much of the rest of the animal kingdom. Talk about interesting!

In the meantime, grab that special pooch and give him a treat and hug, and reward them for their loyalty and love to you. They deserve it.

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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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