Everyone says your Shih Tzu has a sixth sense to find out if a person likes you or not. Well, recent research has just confirmed the theory.
Research by a group from Kyoto University (Japan), published in the journal “Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews”, analyzed how dogs and their owners reacted in a hypothetical situation:
The pet owner was supposed to pretend he couldn’t open a box and ask two researchers for help. One of the scientists refused to help, while another was far more helpful.
After this scene, the two researchers offered the dog a cookie. The greater the researcher’s refusal to help, the less the analyzed dogs were willing to accept the cookie.
Scientists have concluded that Shih Tzu is able to judge whether a person was good or bad and treat them according to how their owner was treated. In other words: trust when your Shih Tzu doesn’t seem to like someone – he may have seen more than you realize.