A biologist with the City University of New York believes that your dog’s guilty look might actually be inspired by wolves.
When your dog does something wrong and then responds by bowing his or her head and looking at you with sad eyes, the dog might be using a complex survival tactic evolved from wolves.
The biologist, Nathan H. Lents, points out that this sort of thing happens out in the wild in wolf packs. When a wolf does something wrong out there, like biting too hard during a playful fight, the wolf gets spurned by the pack. In order to get back in the pack’s good graces, that wolf uses an “apology bow.”
It’s either offer up the “apology bow” or suffer the consequences of being neglected or isolated by the group.
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