Canine Morality

pundit from another planet

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Researchers see honesty and deceit, perhaps something like morality

For The Washington Post, David Grimm writes: A shaggy brown terrier approaches a large chocolate Labrador in a city park. When the terrier gets close, he adopts a yogalike pose, crouching on his forepaws and hiking his butt into the air. The Lab gives an excited bark, and soon the two dogs are somersaulting and tugging on each other’s ears. Then the terrier takes off and the 41hzkqYChCL._SL110_Lab gives chase, his tail wagging wildly. When the two meet once more, the whole thing begins again.

[David Grimm’s book “Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs is available at Amazon.com]

Watch a couple of dogs play, and you’ll probably see seemingly random gestures, lots of frenetic activity and a whole lot of energy being expended. But decades of research suggest that beneath this apparently frivolous fun lies…

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