If dogs had hands they would probably learn sign language like primates can. Their ears and facial expression also communicates quite a range of emotions. Border Collies are crazy intelligent.
Dogs are one of the most common species to be found as pets and have been subjects of human curiosity, leading to extensive research on their socialization with humans. One of the dominant themes in dog cognition pertains to their capacity for understanding and responding to human referential gestures. The remarkable sociocognitive skills of pet dogs, while interacting with humans, is quite well established. However, studies regarding the free-ranging subpopulations are greatly lacking.
The interactions of these dogs with humans are quite complex and multidimensional. For the first time, we tested 160 adult free-ranging dogs to understand their ability to follow relatively complex human referential gestures using dynamic and momentary distal pointing cues. We found that these dogs are capable of following distal pointing cues from humans to locate hidden food rewards. However, approximately half of the population tested showed a lack of tendency to participate even after successful familiarization with the experimental setup. A closer inspection revealed that anxious behavioral states of the individuals were responsible for such an outcome.
Finally, we compared the results using data from an earlier study with dynamic proximal cues. We found that free-ranging dogs follow distal cues more accurately compared to proximal cue. We assume that life experiences with humans probably shape personalities of free-ranging dogs, which in turn influence their responsiveness to human communicative gestures.
There's a novel called The Art of Racing in the Rain, about a dog who is obsessed with the belief that if he is good, he'll have opposable thumbs (be human) in his next life.If dogs had hands they would probably learn sign language like primates can. Their ears and facial expression also communicates quite a range of emotions. Border Collies are crazy intelligent.
I have paid close attention to learning how my cat communicates since she was a kitten.How many times have we pet owners wondered what our furbies are trying to tell us - are they in pain, hungry etc. It would be great if it could work with cats but I think that might be a completely different kettle of fish
It would be great if it could work with cats but I think that might be a completely different kettle of fish. The cat would probably walk away with its head in the air and a superior look on its face - "that's just a game for stupid dogs"....
If cats had twitter, they'd be going on about how they got their stupid humans to believe they were seriously trying to communicate with them with the board. Really, they are just messing with their heads for the fun of it. Nothing gets em running like MAD!Hi @Tuulikki. I follow a cat on instragram (billispeaks) that has learned to use the board. Of course her favorite word is “mad” .
Billi on Instagram: "I'm eventually going to start calling out sick if she keeps this up 🥰🥰 Lots of thinking pauses in this one, a nice reminder for me to give her time for responses!⠀ ⠀ #billispeaks #hunger4words #catsofinstagram #outside #cat #aac7,411 likes, 181 comments - billispeaks on March 3, 2021: "I'm eventually going to start calling out sick if she keeps this up 🥰🥰 Lots of thinking pau..."www.instagram.com