Side Note

Dogs might be happier when they’re free

Look at your dog. Do they look happy? Are they giving you a loving gaze, or is an expression of existential anguish that, because dogs have a limited range of facial features, comes out all cute-looking? Until we develop the necessary technology to communicate with our pets, we will never know, but new research suggests that, despite how much you love your dog, you may be holding them back.

Bali Street Dogs

Bali Street Dogs

A group of scientists studying behavioral differences between street dogs and household dogs on the island of Bali has found that despite being more or less one breed, Bali’s free-ranging dogs were found to be, “Less active, less excitable, less aggressive towards animals, and less inclined to chase animals or humans than Bali dogs living as human companions,” the researchers write. Their findings, they continue, “suggest that a change in lifestyle, i.e. being adopted, and living in a confined environment has negative consequences on some canine personality traits.”

It should be noted that I’m writing this at home as my dog (who is an angel that I love very very much) is parked in the living room, staring out the window and barking at every single car that passes by.

Look at that dog. It is riding a tricycle away from human oppression.