Is your dog an optimist or a pessimist?

Some people have a decidedly sunnier outlook on life than others who tend to expect the worst. Up until most of us have thought this is a human trait, but it turns out that dogs can also have a predisposition towards optimism or pessimism.

This new information comes from the University of Sydney, and started as a doggy personality test to determine the best service dogs for particular tasks. Dogs with a more pessimistic look on life tend to be more careful and reluctant to take risks – which makes them better guide dogs for the disabled.

Optimistic dogs are more persistent and tend to do better in, for instance, search-and-rescue settings where a pessimistic dog might give up. The optimistic dogs also recover quicker when something bad happens.

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