Something that dog owners have already known has finally been proven: dogs will go out of their way to help their owners when their humans are upset. In the Lassie-inspired experiment “Timmy’s in the well”, dog owners stood behind a closed door and either sang or feigned crying. When the owners “cried,” the pooches pawed the doors open three time faster to help their upset owners. However. In some cases, the sound of their humans crying made some dogs freak out because they thought they couldn’t help by getting through the door. What would your dog do?