Researchers from London University recruited 18 dogs and their guardians for a very simple study aiming to evaluate the behaviour of the dogs in different situations. The tests happened in the volunteers' houses: while people chat, the dogs didn't pay much attention. Six dogs were slightly interested when the researcher or the owner started to sing. But, when one of the two persons cried, 83% of the dogs approached with their head down and their tail between the legs. According to the research, this submissive behaviour may be a sign of empathy. The scientists believe that it can be a way to offer comfort to people.
Oh dogs, could you be cuter?