But here’s the thing: Recent studies suggests that dogs don’t really feel shame at all. Alexandra Horowitz, an associate professor of psychology at Barnard College in New York City, conducted one of the first such experiments in 2009.
“I found that the ‘look’ appeared most often when owners scolded their dogs, regardless of whether the dog had disobeyed or did something for which they might or should feel guilty. It wasn’t ‘guilt’ but a reaction to the owner that prompted the look,” Horowitz said.
More recent studies seem to show the same thing.
What do you think?