In humans the ‘eureka moment’ is a commonly known feeling that occurs when we solve a particularly troubling problem.
But new research suggests that we’re not the only animals to experience this – dogs, too, gain pleasure from solving a tricky task.
In a series of experiments, scientists found dogs were happier when they earned a reward by performing a task, rather than just being handed a treat.
Ah, the satisfaction of a well-earned reward.
Here is an idea: the next time the Occupy kids want to show up for another stink-in (it’ll happen) or some spoiled brats don masks for a violent protest against a G20 meeting, sick some dogs on them.
Then give the dogs the treats they earn after taking care of the whiners.