Discussion in 'From the Labrador archives' started by editor, May 15, 2015.
Today's pick from the Labrador Site archives. Do Labradors Feel Guilt? What do you think?
The experts query wether dogs have the intellectual power to feel guilt.
Molly has a very special run when she has pinched something she knows she shouldn't have. I hear that run and I go looking
I think punishment is pointless, I am just narked at myself for leaving something accessible in the first place
I do believe that, like a young child, sometimes they know they shouldn't do something, but are unable to prevent themselves from doing it.
Wether that qualifies as guilt or not I don't know
Charlie does a "I've got something" run - but it's not guilt. It's excitement, because he knows I'll get up and he'll try to start a game with me and perhaps get a treat if what he has managed to nick is valuable enough for me to say "give". If I don't get up (because I know I cleared up so he can't have anything valuable or dangerous) he'll come back and show me what he has, wagging his tail.
I think not only does Charlie not feel guilt, he has no concept of "should" and "shouldn't". He just does what is rewarding. And no, I am not going to not get up if I think he might have my new iphone or my new shoes.
We have that run too