Experts: Dogs have no shame

Anyone who has ever had a dog has seen that look of dog shame. Ears and eyes down. Tail between the legs. That weird “I’ve been a really bad boy” crouch shamble walk.

Perhaps your dog TPed your house playing with your bathroom roll, chewed your favorite peep-toe pumps, or left some externalized canine digestive matter on your favorite Persian rug.

No matter what the cause, we dog owners “just know” that our dogs know that they made an extremely poor choice, and now feel really, really bad about it.

Or, do they?

The USA Today reports that dogs actually feel no shame at all. They’re just reacting to all your screaming, pointing and general carrying-on about the TP, peep-toes or Persian rug.

In the article, Dr. Bonnie Beaver, a professor at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and executive director of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, has some advice for dog shamers: “Just get over it and remind yourself not to put temptation in the way next time.”

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