Scientists: Dogs Would Rather Earn Treats Than Get Handouts
People who earn their own way are contented and healthy, whereas those who vote for a living and rely on coercive wealth redistribution are miserable wretches. This is the consequence of universal principles that science proves apply also to dogs:
In a series of experiments, scientists found dogs were happier when they earned a reward by performing a task, rather than just being handed a treat.
Dogs were either rewarded for operating various devices like a lever that makes a bell ring, or rewarded when some other dog did it. Exactly as with humans, the dogs who earned the rewards were happy, whereas the others were demoralized.
According to the scientists,
‘Experimental dogs showed signs of excitement (for example, increased tail wagging and activity) in response to their achievements, whereas controls showed signs of frustration (for example chewing of the operant device) in response to the unpredictability of the situation.
‘Our results suggest that dogs react emotionally to problem-solving opportunities and that tail wagging may be a useful indicator of positive affective states in dogs.’
The tail wagging part isn’t any more obvious than the basic truth that it is better to earn something than to have it bestowed on you.
Hopefully dogs know better than to let anyone make them feel guilty when they earn treats while less ambitions dogs don’t.
On tips from Lyle and Artfldgr. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.