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Are Dogs Self-Conscious?

Do You Think Your Pet Is Self-Conscious?

By self-conscious I don't mean your dog refusing to go outside after you've dressed him in a leprechaun costume for fear the neighborhood pups will make fun of him. The debate stems from a scientific test that's used on people and animals to determine if they are self-aware. The test includes marking the baby or animal and then seeing if he notices the marking in his reflection. Apparently, dogs don't pass. One dog enthusiast felt this was an unfair test for sniff-centric doggies, so he tried to prove that pups are self-aware with his own scent-based experiment, resulting in less-than-concrete findings. Until we know for sure, I'm curious, do you think your pet has a sense of self?

Source: Flickr User janet goulden

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snarkypants snarkypants 4 years
i don't have a dog, but my BF's family dog is totally self-conscious! he's realllly old and has trouble going up and down the stairs. usually, he has no reason to use them, but when my BF is home, he likes to sleep in his room. he waits until the whole family is upstairs and nowhere near the stairs and then climbs them. if somebody catches him in the act, he stops, and waits for them to leave before continuing his mission!
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