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New Study Reveals “Dog Envy”

A new study reveals dogs feel jealousy and pride.

 

"Dr Friederike Range, of the University of Vienna's neurobiology department, has shown that dogs feel intense jealously when they spot that they are unfairly treated compared with other dogs. 'Dogs show a strong aversion to inequity,' she said."

 

While I love any research that sheds new light on animal self-awareness, I have to wonder if anyone living with more than one dog needed a study to be convinced that animals feel envy. (Paws up to pup-loving science-writer David Williams for the alert on this research.)

Listen to NPR's more detailed story about fair play research.

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Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom.

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