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Yes, dogs are our companions Ė but the ones we own may also may be selfish. Research says that companion pooches are most likely selfish dogs.

Surely youíve seen this before. You go to a friendís house and all your friendís dog wants to do is play with the toys he brings you. When you stop throwing the ball or toy to the dog, he finds someone else to play with and acts as if you didnít exist. Thatís a selfish dog.

Or in another scenario, you always give a certain dog a treat when you see her. On days you donít have a treat, the dog ignores you completely. Thatís a selfish dog.

Certainly there are reports where a dog sees a need to save a life and jumps in without any hesitation.

For example, thereís the case of the blind Labrador retriever named Norman that heard the cries of a drowning girl about a half mile away on the beach.
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HOGWASH. I opened this before realizing that this was one of the silly Petguide articles. But this one has me steaming under the collar. The dogs in the example are NOT "selfish" dogs. They are dogs where the OWNER, who we expect to be the MORE INTELLIGENT part of the pair, hasn't bothered to take the time to BUILD A RELATIONSHIP with the dog. Sheesh. Stupid.


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Actually Karen I would have to agree with the selfish thing. Yeah this study lacks in a number of ways but dogs because of their ancestory need to be selfish . They have evolved from predator to scavenger through time. It is necessary for them to survive (even though we provide their food). This is the basis behind The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins. Also Jean Donaldson talks about this in her book Mine. She also says "To suggest that a dog is stubborn is to suggest that he is a moral creature Ė that he has some sort of conception of what is right and what is wrong, and more importantly, that he chooses what is wrong, despite knowing better. The truth is that dogs do what works for dogs. As Jean Donaldson puts it, they ďare completely and innocently selfish.Ē They have no concept of what is right and wrong, only what serves their interests. And thatís okay. We love them for what they are." Are there examples to contradict this ... maybe but in general most behaviorists go along with this.
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