Dogs prefer work over welfare also!

June 24th, 2014 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The Daily Mail reports:

In humans the ‘eureka moment’ is a commonly known feeling that occurs when we solve a particularly troubling problem.

But new research suggests that we’re not the only animals to experience this – dogs, too, gain pleasure from solving a tricky task.

In a series of experiments, scientists found dogs were happier when they earned a reward by performing a task, rather than just being handed a treat.

Those dogs won’t be Labour voters then! :-)

The experimental dogs were only given access to the treat on the ramp when they successfully manipulated the three pieces of equipment they had been trained to use.

The control dogs, meanwhile, were given access to the reward when the puzzles were solved by their partner in the other arena, irrespective of how they used the equipment.

The dogs in the pairs were then tasked with performing the same run several times, and also played both roles of experimental and control dog.

The researchers found the experimental dogs were much more excited to actually get in the arena and solve the pieces of equipment.

On repeated runs they showed visible excitement, such as wagging their tails vigorously, at being led to the entrance to solve the problems again.

The control dogs, on the other hand, were more reluctant to go in and pick up their treat without having to solve any of the ‘puzzles’.

This, according to the researchers, shows that dogs enjoy problem-solving just like humans do.

Good doggy.

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18 Responses to “Dogs prefer work over welfare also!”

  1. burt (8,238 comments) says:

    Dogs need socialist indoctrination so they can evolve to a sense of entitlement. This notion of getting rewarded for doing something well (or right) needs to be broken. Bloody work ethic – we need to destroy it quickly or dogs won’t vote for extending welfare.

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  2. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    My dog would be happiest herding sheep. Pity I don’t have any sheep. As an alternative, she barks at the neighbours all day. I think she would be a NZ First or Conservative voter.

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  3. Don the Kiwi (1,706 comments) says:

    The more I see of men, the more I like dogs. ;-)

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  4. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    ‘To a dog, every man is Napoleon’
    – Aldous Huxley

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  5. kowtow (8,323 comments) says:

    milky allows his dog to bark all day?

    Great neighbour…….not!

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  6. James Stephenson (2,153 comments) says:

    milky allows his dog to bark all day?

    His dog allows him to post on KB, which probably amounts to the same thing :D

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  7. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Sorry, should have said she wants to bark all day.

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  8. Martin Gibson (242 comments) says:

    The satisfaction of meaningful work is overlooked too often in the rush to legislate higher minimum wages for people who aren’t worth that much money. My job partly involves giving people gear to work paid for by WINZ (by taxpayers really!) and I see the degradation of the human spirit and erosion of mana that comes from getting something for nothing. We are making a caste of zombies who turn their self-loathing outward thanks to the inequality brigade who constantly tell them they are in their pitiful state because of john key looking after his mates (rather than as a result of their choices) while they pocket the $150k a year and put little of their money where their mouth is.
    The aim is to find victims to herd rather than improving the lot of NZ’s poorest and least employable.
    Anyone who receives an unemployment benefit should have the option of getting a bit more cash for restoring rivers and streams while they look for work.
    They would feel better about themselves and get work fit at the same time.

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  9. Nigel Kearney (984 comments) says:

    Poor design. The dog prefers to work for the treat because the alternative is to sit there doing nothing. It doesn’t have the option of going to the pub, sitting on the couch watching TV or getting more treats by selling drugs in addition to the one provided by welfare.

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  10. tvb (4,364 comments) says:

    Dogs are Tories too just like god. The road to hell is paved with good intentions of socialism.

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  11. RightNow (6,986 comments) says:

    Dogs make far better pets than dole-bludgers. They can be house trained for a start. And they’re always keen to get out for a walk.

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  12. James Butler (74 comments) says:

    Let me get this straight. If dogs [people] prefer to work rather than receive welfare, then we could have a generous welfare state and rely on revealed preference to make sure that dogs [people] who are able to work, do work, am I right? No need for punitive measures like stand-down periods or food cards.

    Seems to me like this research supports left-wing welfare policy more than right.

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  13. Yoza (1,815 comments) says:

    Circus dogs jump when the trainer cracks his whip,
    but the really well-trained dog is the one that turns his somersault when there is no whip.

    George Orwell

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  14. RightNow (6,986 comments) says:

    James Butler: “am I right? No”

    Asked and answered.

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  15. Yoza (1,815 comments) says:

    Sticking with dogs. If one bloated dog had a sheep carcass all to itself and was discovered by a pack of hungry dogs, the privileged dog would lose possession of its prize quite smartly.

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  16. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    What about the capitalist running dogs, Yoza?

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  17. Yoza (1,815 comments) says:

    I’m quite sure a pack of hungry dogs would soon catch a capitalist running dog dragging a sheep carcass.

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  18. ChardonnayGuy (1,199 comments) says:

    Obviously Richard Prebble wasn’t amongst those dogs, as, judging from his ACT leadership, he would have been rushing around barking loudly, but not necessarily in the lead. Or was he just barking mad? :)

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