Are Some Dogs Pessimists, or Are They Just Being Realistic?

Few phrases trigger my skepticism (which some claim is overactive anyway) like the words “a study says …” Those three words are used as cover for more spectacular levels of pseudo-scientific BS than anything else, with the possible exception of corporate tax returns. Those, as everyone should know, are in an exceptional class of their own.

However, on reading about a recent study from the University of Sydney that dogs’ personalities are either optimistic or pessimistic, my usual surge of cynicism was lacking. In fact, my emotional response was really more of a Keanu Reeves-style “Well, duh.”

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