ScienceDaily (June 9, 2011) — Dog owners often attest to their canine companion’s seeming ability to read their minds. How do dogs they learn to beg for food or behave badly primarily when we’re not looking? According to Monique Udell and her team, from the University of Florida in the US, the way that dogs come to respond to the level of people’s attentiveness tells us something about the ways dogs think and learn about human behavior. Their research, published online in Springer’s journalLearning & Behavior, suggests it is down to a combination of specific cues, context and previous experience.
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Editors Notes: It’s amazing how as humans we place humanistic explanations onto our canine companions behavior. I see in my service dogs that the stronger the response to the attentive human the stronger the dogs capabilities are in being manipulated into serving their human.