Photos Of Pets Before And After Being Praised

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Some people believe their dogs understand everything they say, while others claim dogs only understand facial expressions and emotional responses, but most animal behaviorists agree the truth is a combination of the two.

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Dogs can understand words their humans say to them repeatedly, and they begin to associate things like mealtime, praise and admonishment with those words, the most popular being the praise "good dog".

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Redditor JavaReallySucks posted a pic of his adorable dog before and after being called a good boy, to illustrate the way his dog's face lights up after being praised by his master.

The photographic exercise seemed like fun so others took to shooting before and after praise pics of their pets, which worked really well with the dogs while the cats continued to not give a crap one way or the other.

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See People Are Posting Pics Of Their Animals Before & After Being Called A Good Boy here

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We have expectations for dogs to fulfill. A dog should fetch, or sit, or otherwise obey. When they do, they are 'good'. When they do not, they are 'bad'.

We have no expectations for cats, at least not directly. I might expect my cats to keep mice out of the house, but I don't 'sic' my cats on a mouse. They just get them when they see them (and are in the mood). So, there's no condition under which a cat would be 'good'.
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I said that a couple of times to my tom cat when he responded to my calls to come in at night. Now he expects me to say it every time he comes inside. He gets barely in the door and looks at me until I say it!
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I have to wonder how often people even tell their cat it's a "good boy". Mine will respond favorably to their names, or to stupid little nick names I give them, but "good girl!" usually means "get in the carrier, it's time to go to the vet!"
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