Rooney has to be one of the guiltiest dogs ever – and one of the sweetest. After searching for her glasses for days, Rooney’s owner Stephanie knew he had to be responsible for their disappearance! When she finally found them chewed up with the lenses missing, half-buried in her garden she stomped inside to demand an answer!
But as soon as Rooney realized he was being confronted with his glasses-nabbing behavior, all of the guilt in his body took over! Nathan H. Lents, a molecular biologist with the City University of New York, shared a piece in Psychology Today that helped explain why our pups feel guilty when they do something wrong! Lents wrote, “Dogs have inherited this behavior and they will use it after any kind of infraction that results in being punished. As social animals, they crave harmonious integration in the group and neglect or isolation is painful for them.”
Stephanie’s scolding clearly made Rooney feel guilty and thankfully she filmed the whole silly interaction! Rooney knew he was in trouble and immediately appealed to his mom for forgiveness! Watch Stephanie confront her adorable, apologetic pup by pressing “play” below! Hopefully Rooney learned his lesson and won’t mess with his mom’s replacement pair!