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Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Latest On Dog Cognition

Photo courtesy of The New York Times

When our dog gazes at us with those loving eyes and does that endearing head-tilt when we talk, they're understanding a lot more than we might think, at least according to a study published in the journal, Current Biology.
Reported in this week's Science Section of The New York Times, the study concludes that "dogs, like infants, are able to study minor details in human communication and correctly interpret intent."
In other words, our beloved canines can can understand even subtle differences in human behavior and intent, likely learned over thousands of years of domestication.
"Dogs are functionally similar to a 6-month-old, to a 1-year-old," said Dr. Adam Miklosi, one of the author of the study. He even goes so far as to say that "you can really treat your dog as sort of an infant," unlike, say, a typical barnyard animal.

What we love about this study is that what you humans have hoped for so long-that we understand you-is now (nearly) proven by science. You're finally catching up! Hello?

Do you think your dog "understands" you when you address them? We'd love to know!

P.S. Stay tuned for our Treasure Buddies giveaway tomorrow!


Wyatt said...

No surprise there, eh Bocci. I'd say we are more like 3 year old peeps!
I just noticed the stuff you have chewed up list...heehee


Miss Jean said...

I have been a believer for a long time that animals, especially dogs, can read your mind!

Anonymous said...

I understand everything she says... I just don't care.


Anonymous said...

Haha at Tank!

Dad is always saying I speak better English than Brudder Ranger but mom thinks it's cuz Brudder Ranger just doesn't care as much as I do. (He's kinda like Tank in that way.)

Wiggles & Wags,

Lorenza said...

Oh, yeah!
My mom is afraid of the day when I will start talking to her!
Kisses and hugs

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