Skip Nav
What Does Egg Freezing Involve?
Pregnancy
The Truth About Freezing Your Eggs, From Women Who Have Done It
Photography
This Mom Took Photos of Her Athletic Daughter to Prove That Girls Can "Do It All"
What It's Like to Have Your Mom Come Out to You
Personal Essay
How My Family Became Stronger and Happier After My Mom Came Out of the Closet
Family Travel
Want a Disney Trip With No Lines, Schedules, or Sore Feet? It Exists, and It's a Tired Parent's Dream
Summer
Toy Story 4, The Lion King, and the 4 Other Summer Movies We Can’t Wait to Take Our Kids To

Dogs Obey Women More Than Men

Study Finds That Dogs Obey Women More — the Reason Will Give You a Genuine "Aha!" Moment

Ever wonder why all the princesses in fairy tales have such a great rapport with animals? A 2017 study that is resurfacing online has concluded that, although we can't actually speak to our furry friends like they do in Disney flicks, in real life, women are actually more fluent in "dog" than men. And as a result, dogs are often more obedient to women than their male counterparts.

In the experiment, which was published in the journal Royal Society of Open Science, researchers recorded the sound of nearly 20 dogs growling in different scenarios — guarding food from other dogs, playing tug of war, or feeling threatened by an approaching stranger — and had a small sample of 40 people attempt to identify the context of the growl.

On the whole, humans were good at associating the correct growls with the correct root emotion. But two types of people — women and those participants who were particularly experienced with dogs — consistently scored higher in this task.

ADVERTISEMENT

Although that might be surprising information, the reason for this increased animal aptitude will probably come as a shock to not one woman. On the contrary, it likely makes perfect sense. Women had a "higher sensitivity to emotional stimuli," the study reported.

"Female participants seem to have an advantage in the recognition of the context," it continued. "It is known that women have a higher emotional sensitivity . . . women are likely more empathetic and sensitive to others' emotions, [which] can help to differentiate better the context of the emotional content of the growls."

Latest Family
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds