What is the Most Misunderstood Aspect of Pet Behavior?

October 2, 2017

Margaret Gruen, DVM, MVPH, PhD, DACVB, researcher at Duke University's Canine Cognition Center and adjunct professor at North Carolina State University, talks about the most misunderstood aspect of pet behavior.

Margaret Gruen, DVM, MVPH, PhD, DACVB, researcher at Duke University's Canine Cognition Center and adjunct professor at North Carolina State University, talks about the most misunderstood aspect of pet behavior.

The most misunderstood aspects of pet behavior have to deal with this idea of motivation. There is still a lot of belief that dogs feel overwhelming guilt, but evidence suggests that guilt is a construct that humans put on their pets. Guilt is a learned, associated behavior.