A recent study set out to discover just how dogs think of their humans and respond to emotions, turning up some pretty fascinating results.
Professor Ross Flom conducted experiments designed to test how pups reacted to positive and negative reactions from their humans.
First, Flom observed how dogs responded to a pointing gesture when the human acted happy, before repeating the experiment but with the human using an angry tone.
The dogs knew to explore to area being indicated, which, says Flom, shows that the dog trusts the human enough to explore an unknown and potentially dangerous area.
Flom found that the dogs were much more reluctant to do as instructed when the human was visibly angry, suggesting that the dog didn’t trust the person as much.
Compared to a control group, while positive vocal cues didn’t increase the dog’s reaction times, negative tones significantly delayed them.
So, if you want your dog to follow an order ASAP, you should try and use your happy voice because, if you’re acting grumpy, you’re freaking them out a bit.