It's Tuesday Trivia! Are dogs capable of feeling empathy when their owners cry? According to a study, the answer seems like they do! Emily M. Sanford, formerly of Macalester College and now at Johns Hopkins University, has conducted a study on dog empathy and her findings reveal that many dogs are capable of showing empathy when their owner shows signs of distress and will also try to help rescue them if they are capable of suppressing their own distress.
Interestingly, the therapy dogs present in the study didn't perform as expected and this is likely because therapy dogs aren't selected much based on how in tune they are with people and how strongly they bond, but rather their obedience skills are kept more in consideration. Something to think about.