In a study to further understand a dog’s seemingly innate sense to ‘rescue’ their owners, a series of experiments were done to measure a dog’s willingness and effort to rescue their owners from perceived danger. One researcher noted that simply being with their owners is a strong motivation for dogs to come to our rescue, and the sense of their owner’s being in distress added urgency to the dog’s actions. For the dogs in the study who were unsuccessful in ‘rescuing’ their owners, it was concluded that they just didn’t know how to, not that they didn’t want to.

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