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Must See Video: Guilty Dog Fesses Up To Stealing Kitty Treats

By Danielle Sullivan |

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Denver might just be the guiltiest dog I've ever seen.

Have you ever come home and found your pup looking…guilty?

I once had a Rottweiler whose guilty face would give her away instantly when she did something wrong. Even if I never saw a piddle on the floor or a piece of food snatched from the kitchen, one look at her face immediately told me she had done something wrong. Her downward face and tail between her legs gave her away every time. It was cute actually, and I could barely muster up any disappointment in her when she obviously felt so guilty.

And still that doesn’t even compare to this video. It’s two minutes and I can honestly say that if it doesn’t make you laugh out loud, you might want to check your pulse. Yeah, it’s that hysterical and endearing.

In it, the owner comes home to find a kitty snack bag empty and he asks his two dogs, who did it. You don’t have to be a detective to quickly realize it was Denver, Denver the Guilty Dog (who has over 50,000 Facebook fans from his guilty acts!).

See it for yourself here:

Image: YouTube

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Danielle Sullivan writes for Babble Pets. She is also an award-winning parenting writer, who authors a monthly column for NY Parenting and ASPCA Parents blog. You can read more of her work at her blog,Some Puppy To Love. Read bio and latest posts → Read Danielle's latest posts →

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One thought on “Must See Video: Guilty Dog Fesses Up To Stealing Kitty Treats

  1. KateA says:

    Dogs will pick up on disapproval for things, like breaking into the trash and strewing it all over the kitchen. Studies have shown that those same dogs will show the same guilt if the trash is NOT strewn about by them. A human can do it and the dog will look equally as guilty. Thus, the dog is not feeling guilty for the action, but associates the RESULT with the punishment.

    It does not make the leap “I made the mess, the owner is mad about the mess, the owner is mad at me.” It goes more like this: dog pulls out trash (most of the time separation anxiety occurs within one hour of the owner leaving), forgets that he did it, then as the owner comes back, realizes, “oh crap, there is stuff on the floor, I am going to get in trouble.” The fact that HE did it does not enter his mind. This is not a show of guilt, it is a show of anxiety of punishment related to what is on the floor.

    I have a DVM, but this is better explained by a veterinary behaviorist (essentially a dog psychiatrist…a vet that does a 4 year program after vet school).

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