According to Deborah Custance and Jennifer Mayer, researchers at Goldsmiths College in London, pet dogs show a submissive or calm behavior with a person in distress — even someone they don’t know. This suggests that canines have a greater empathy or understanding of human emotions than otherwise believed.
Marc Bekoff, author of “The Emotional Lives of Animals,” agrees. “Science has discovered a lot about the inner lives of diverse species,” he said. “We now know that animals have a point of view and that they experience deep feelings.”
Perhaps this special quality of empathy
might explain why the venues for
service dogs keeps expanding.