News flash: dogs get jealous

Dogs appear to experience a range of complex, unpleasant emotions such as jealousy and pride, scientists have discovered.

Duh. Anybody who’s ever owned more than one dog at a time could tell you they experience jealousy. I’ve got one who definitely exhibits pride and dignity. Who pays scientists to “discover” things that common people already know?

“We are learning that dogs, horses, and perhaps many other species are
far more emotionally complex than we ever realized,” Paul Morris, a
psychologist at the University of Portsmouth who studies animal
emotions, told The Sunday Times.

This tells us more about human arrogance than about the animals. Our desire to be inherently different and better than the other species on this planet blinds us to what really is rather obvious. Animals have feelings too.

Scientists noted that dogs hate to see their owners being affectionate
to other dogs and can suffer if a new baby or partner arrives on the

Seriously. Where do I get a cushy job like this? I could be a fucking brilliant scientist if all I have to do is point out the obvious.

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  • Marvin  On December 9, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    I gotta agree that this research is on the blatant side of obvious. We once had a rat terrier that barked at my wife and I if we hugged without including him.

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