Dogs tend to obey women more than men, reveals new study

Over a period of time, people grow very attached to their pets and the two sides develop an understanding and trust with each other. As you get to know your dog more and vice versa, certain things will become ques for the two of you making your communication and bond that much easier. 

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If you observe your dog barking at you, you are well aware of the fact that your dog needs something and is trying to ask. It could be that your dog needs water or food, or he/she needs to be taken out for a walk. These are signs are something that the two of you have built up over the years. 

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A recent study which released has revealed how women are a lot more likely to understand dogs as compared to men and it is believed that dogs tend to obey women a lot more than they tend to obey men. 

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The study was published in the journal Royal Society of Open Science which found that people are easily able to identify what their dogs are attempting to communicate and that women are more fluent in understanding what your pet is asking. Men are able to get through to their dogs too but it is just easier for women. 

The researchers had recorded over 18 dogs growling in response to different kinds of situations such as playing tug of war, guarding food against other dogs, or being territorial. Forty participants were then asked to try and identify the tone and the situation that the dog could possibly be in. 

The participants used a sliding scale to judge the dog's growls for fear, playfulness, aggression, and despair. They then proceeded to try and figure what environment the dog was in at the time of growling. Humans had a 63 percent success rate of identifying the context of the growl. 

Women could differentiate between the growls (Source: Shutterstock)

The lead of the study, Tamas Farago, "Our recent fMRI studies suggest that dogs and humans use similar brain areas and probably similar processes to assess others' emotions from vocalizations. It seems that there are biologically rooted rules to how mammalian vocalizations encode emotions and these shared processes help humans to assess the emotional load of not just dogs but other mammal species' vocal emotion expressions.

This is a common pattern in emotion recognition studies.

Women are likely more empathic and sensitive to others' emotions and this helps them to better associate the contexts with the emotional content of the growls."

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