Dogs give their owners an “apology bow” when they have been naughty as they hate isolation, a canine behaviour expert claims.
Your pet hangs his head and puts his tail between his legs because he wants to look submissive to his owners.
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Dogs inherited this behaviour from wolves as they ‘crave harmonious integration’ and find that ‘neglect or isolation is painful for them’, said Nathan Lents.
By using the ‘apology bow’ they are telling you that you are the more powerful one and that they have done something wrong.
Dog owners will be all too familiar with the look dogs give when they have chewed up furniture or shoes or knocked something over.
Professor Lents, a professor of molecular biology at John Jay College in New York, first mentioned it in his book Not so different: Finding Human Nature in Animals.
In a blog post on Psychology Today, he expanded on the idea and said that it is a ‘very interesting phenomenon that goes far beyond the dog-human relationship and actually reveals quite about the nature of communication itself’.
Whilst it may seem a trivial motion it is actually more complex than you might think.
Professor Lents wrote: “Dogs have inherited this behaviour and they will use it after any kind of infraction that results in being punished.
“As social animals, they crave harmonious integration in the group and neglect or isolation is painful for them”.
Professor Lents said that young wolves first display the apology bow when they begin to learn social integration with other wolves.
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