Dog gone fair!

Experiments show dogs have a sense of fairness and conceptions of justice and an overlapping consensus: 

Recent research indicates that non-human primates refuse to participate in cooperative problem-solving tasks if they witness a conspecific obtaining a more attractive reward for the same effort. However, little is known about non-primate species, although inequity aversion may also be expected in other cooperative species. Here, we investigated whether domestic dogs show sensitivity toward the inequity of rewards received for giving the paw to an experimenter on command in pairs of dogs. We found differences in dogs tested without food reward in the presence of a rewarded partner compared with both a baseline condition (both partners rewarded) and an asocial control situation (no reward, no partner), indicating that the presence of a rewarded partner matters. 

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  1. pez

    Hmmm…Interesting perspective. I wonder how homo sapiens will respond to one side having stimulus rewards for failing, while the other side is expected to work hard to pay for it????

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