A resident of London, Mr. Jones, injured his leg and was put in a cast.
The man could walk only leaning on crutches, bouncing on his healthy leg.
It was completely impossible to lean on a bad leg, and he limped during walks with his beloved dog named Bill.
After all, even if you have a leg in a cast, the dog does not stop wanting to go outside and mark all the lampposts.
What was the surprise of Russell Jones when he discovered that Bill was also limping.
Suddenly he noticed that the dog could not lean on the left front leg.
It is completely unclear where his greyhound could have hurt its paw, it was not clear whether it was a fracture or a crack in the bone, or maybe a splinter or a piece of glass just got into the paw of the animal?
Mr. Jones took Bill on a leash and the couple limped off to the vet for a checkup.
A middle-aged man on three legs (counting crutches) and a beautiful thoroughbred dog – also on three legs.
The veterinarian examined the greyhound and found no abnormalities.
The dog seemed to be perfectly healthy.
Then the doctor and Mr. Jones decided to take an x-ray to find out exactly what was wrong.
But the X-ray showed no abnormalities.
The doctor made a diagnosis: a simulation. Bill has no problems with his paws, he is limping out of sympathy for the owner.
The dog copies the behavior of a loved one for no rational reason. Mr. Jones paid $300 for this amazing conclusion and an x-ray of a healthy paw.
Scientists confirm that dogs can copy the behavior of the “leader of the pack”, even if it is irrational.
During the experiment, the dogs were asked to observe how the owner opens the door with his hand or head.
After several visits, the pets copied the method of opening the door that the owner chose, even if it was not the most convenient.