An assistant professor at a Wisconsin college is getting national attention for the research she just published about a dog’s empathy for its owner.
The idea came to Ripon College’s Julia Meyers-Manor when her collie tried to save her mom from a pile of pillows when she was just playing with her children.
In her study, Meyers-Manor observed whether dogs would open a door if their “trapped” owner was on the other side crying or humming, and if so, how much of an effort they would make to “rescue” the person. She also recorded the dogs’ heart rate variability.
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