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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Dogs Are Copycats

                   Photo courtesy of The Washington Post

Can dogs copy human behavior? The answer appears to be "yes" according to this article in a recent Washington Post . The author of the article, Virgina Morell (the author of Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures that we reviewed a few months ago), is an award-winning science writer whose recent work has focused on animal cognition...and who just happens to be a huge dog lover. We guess she must have been thrilled when she saw the recent study that appears to confirm what many dog owners have always believed: dogs are capable of sophisticated cognitive skills.

This study, published this month in the journal, Animal Cognition, demonstrates that dogs "...are capable of copying our behavior as long as 10 minutes after it's happened. [That] ability is considered mentally demanding and, until this discovery, something that only humans and apes were known to do."

This information shocked Parental Unit-particularly the evidence that canines have mastered the commands: "Do as I do" and "Do it", neither of which she has fully mastered to date. And copy human behavior? Duh...why does she think I lie around sleeping all day...

P.S.  Don't forget that you still have time to enter to win a special ASPCA gift pack-but hurry, cause the giveaway closes this evening at 8:00pm EST!


GizmoGeodog said...

I read this the other day and thought it was really interesting...I always had the sneaking suspicion that dogs could do so much more than we give them credit for

Unknown said...

We agree wholeheartedly with Gizmo. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Best wishes Molly

meowmeowmans said...

I can totally see this. Dogs are SO smart!

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