Frankly Freddie – Do We Dogs Feel Shame?

Caught mid-bath, a wet dog tries to save the last bit of dignity he has. (© Sophie Gamand, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards)
Another example of a human being WRONG about what we are thinking: “Caught mid-bath, a wet dog tries to save the last bit of dignity he has. (© Sophie Gamand, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards)”

Dear all mislead, clue-less human-beings,

You need to read this article:

Dogs feel no shame despite the look

“Humans have a natural desire to know what an animal is thinking, and yet we are limited to reading body language and measuring physiological reactions,” Beaver said. The bottom line is: “We will never truly know because we cannot ask them.”

YOU DO NOT NEED TO ASK US.  We’ve been TELLING all you human beings for eons (and that’s a long time).

You think we feel guilty when you don’t like what we’ve done WRONG.  There’s nothing to feel guilty about.  Guilt is when you think you’ve done something wrong and shame is when you think there is something wrong with you.

We canine dogs never do anything wrong and there’s NOTHING wrong with us.  We are all perfect and do what we were created to do.

It’s pretty simple what we think:  There’s a smell to smell; I’m hungry; Time to sleep; Time to pee; Time to be petted; and what on earth is THAT human being thinking?

DSCN5424Read this because Bonnie is a very smart human being.

“The next time you start shaking your finger and shouting “Shame on you!” because your dog chewed up your favorite fuzzy slippers, just remember that no matter how guilty your dog looks, it doesn’t know what your rant is about”.
“Behaviorists insist dogs lack shame. The guilty look — head cowered, ears back, eyes droopy — is a reaction to the tantrum you are throwing now over the damage they did hours earlier”.

“Just get over it and remind yourself not to put temptation in the way next time,” said Dr. Bonnie Beaver, a professor at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and executive director of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.

You should follow Bonnie’s advice . . . except for not to put temptation in the way.  We really like temptation and are appreciative of you human beings putting it in our way.

Sincerely yours,

Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDT

Canine Dog Therapist

4 thoughts on “Frankly Freddie – Do We Dogs Feel Shame?

  1. Humans are typically guilty-shame on us!-of Anthropomorphism (sp?) with all other creatures, large and small. Guiltily, I think dogs do try to understand us but give up after WE can’t really communicate in their language..it is.likely that cats just don’t care.

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  2. My dear Freddie,
    THAT is EXACTLY what I’ve been trying to tell my human for years!! If you don’t put temptation in my way….well, then it’s your problem. Other than that….let them think we cannot feel shame. Kind of makes me smile. Fool human (except for the good ones like yours and mine). I thought of you when I read the article!
    Have a wonderful day
    Buster

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