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September 10, 2014

PetScoop -- Dogs Prefer Hugs and Food Over Praise

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Here at SCP HQ we talk to the staff canines all the time, telling them how wonderful they are. Rarely does our conversation get a response back or even a tail thump on the floor. But that's ok because they still are awesome company.

So we are not at all surprised by the conclusions of a University of Florida study Shut up and pet me! Dogs prefer petting to vocal praise | Seriously, Science? | DiscoverMagazine.com that dogs prefer petting and food to compliments. Who knew??

It's probably no surprise that dogs like to be petted. But do they prefer petting over other types of attention? Here, two scientists from the University of Florida tested whether dogs would prefer to be petted or given vocal praise, and whether it mattered if the petting/praise came from an owner or a stranger. Turns out that dogs love pets, regardless of who is doing the petting, and they never seem to get tired of being petted. Interestingly, a previous study by the same authors found that dogs do like one thing even more than petting: food.

So the prescription for happiness in the pet household: hug your best buddies frequently and sprinkle liberally with treats!

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Posted by Super Cool Pets Staff at September 10, 2014 2:33 AM

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