“Oh, my dog knew he had done wrong, he looked so guilty!”
How many times have we heard someone saying as much? Of course, it is not true: dogs perceived as looking ‘guilty’ don’t feel guilty at all: we are simply projecting human emotions on their behaviour, which is usually simply a submissive or appeasing display as a reaction to an upset owner. Dogs simply have no concept of guilt or even shame – but there are some occasion when we believe they should, and are ashamed on their behalf!
Dogshaming is a website where dog owners can publicly ‘shame’ their dogs by sharing an image with details of their misdeed, and the results are hilarious.
Sharing their misdeeds can give the owners a chance to laugh and see that they’re far from the only ones in that kind of situation, but of course dogs will remained just as they are – unashamed, unapologetically silly, mischievous and often embarrassing. In one word, perfect.