Projecting our own biases
It isn't an isolated kind of thing, this example of clinging to our misconceptions about why dogs interact the way they do with us, and what their intentions are when doing so. Our default is to relate an experience to something familiar – usually a reaction that as a human, we might have – and forge ahead with our opinion of what unfolded.
Sorting out and clarifying behavior objectively
This is just one example of the canine behaviors that we might misconstrue.
The case for avoiding the simple route and digging deeper for better communication