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Dogs Have Same Understanding as Babies, Study Says
FoxNews.com ^ | 1/6/12 | FoxNews via USAtoday

Posted on 01/06/2012 1:04:54 PM PST by ColdOne

A new report in Current Biology highlights that some dogs have the skills of a 6-month-old baby, USA Today reported.

The study’s results “support the notion that dogs are sensitive to the cues of signaling humans’ communicative intent in a way that is analogous to preverbal human infants,” said Jozsef Topel, the study’s author and an associate professor in the Comparative Behavior Research Group at the Institute for Psychological Researches, Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest.

In the study, 16 dogs watched videos of actresses turning toward a plastic pot.

During the first experiment, one actress stared directly into the dog’s eyes and said in a high-pitched voice, “Hi, dog.”

In a second experiment, the actress said, “Hi, dog,” in a low-pitched voice, but did not make direct eye contact.

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To: Deb

My dogs just told me someone drove in our drive way. they even told me who it was. :D


51 posted on 01/06/2012 3:02:33 PM PST by Ditter
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To: dsrtsage

Did you eat in the Little Alien Inn?


52 posted on 01/06/2012 3:05:07 PM PST by Seeking the truth
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Old photo of the little bastard
53 posted on 01/06/2012 3:08:29 PM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ...In the US the number is 54%)
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To: Seeking the truth

“Did you eat in the Little Alien Inn?”

But of course, as well as copious quantities of
barley, malt, yeast, hops, and sour mash


54 posted on 01/06/2012 3:10:32 PM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ...In the US the number is 54%)
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To: Seeking the truth

Incidentally, the Lil’ Ale’Inn is one of my favorite bars in the state, as well as the Midas bar, the Manhattan bar, the bar at Taylor Canyon, and finally the Jarbidge Bar...though my favorite all time bar in the country is the Middlegate bar, when we can get a large crowd together to go out there.


55 posted on 01/06/2012 3:18:51 PM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ...In the US the number is 54%)
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To: cripplecreek

No doubt he is also more DECISIVE!!!


56 posted on 01/06/2012 3:22:48 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Rick Perry 2012)
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To: ColdOne

My dog has gone deaf (can you say ‘deaf’ anymore, or is it auditorially challenged?) but has learned to understand sign language.


57 posted on 01/06/2012 3:26:00 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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58 posted on 01/06/2012 3:42:01 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: KalaSamy
I’d be willing to say my dogs have more intelligence than my Congresswomen and Senators!

Shame! Shame on you for comparing dogs to Congresscritters and Senators!

Now if you had compared the Congresscritters to what the dogs leave behind on the lawn...

59 posted on 01/06/2012 4:06:48 PM PST by rmh47 (Go Kats! - Got Seven? [NRA Life Member])
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To: lonestar

LOL!


60 posted on 01/06/2012 4:09:19 PM PST by floralamiss ("The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage." Thucydides)
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To: lormand

Ruby looks so much like my own dear “Dutch” from a long, long time ago. I was terrified of dogs, but Dutchie got me over that. Dutch could say “popcorn”.


61 posted on 01/06/2012 4:14:07 PM PST by floralamiss ("The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage." Thucydides)
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To: ColdOne

this is wrong.

Dogs and cats, in their current capacities, are generally regarded to have the intelligence levels of a 5-7 year old child. They an understand words, gestures, tones, body language, use memory, learn skills, etc. My buddy had a dog that could understand a complex sentence. Knew several hundred words. Took years of training.


62 posted on 01/06/2012 4:14:46 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: rwfromkansas

Our Chihuahua is so smart its frightening. We have to spell everything. She has us trained to do almost everything she wants.


63 posted on 01/06/2012 8:34:48 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: TexasRepublic
Australian Shepherds are very smart

Yes they are. We had one that was scary smart. One time we were at a lake she was watching us me skip stones in. She started acting as though he wanted to go in so we let him go in.
My wife and I kept skipping stones, and she started to swim to the part of the lake (s few feet out) where my wife had slipped one. Then she dove under and came up a few seconds later with a stone in her mouth.
She brought it to my wife. We were both amazed then I smiled at her (my wife and the dog) and I said it is probably not the right stone. I took it from my wife looked it over, and threw it back in. Smokey (the dog) swam back in dove under and brought a rock back. It looked like the one the one I had thrown.
Tried it again only marked it with my pocket knife. She dove under again, only this time brought one back up and it obviously was not the right on (wrong color) and dropped(spit) it out of her and mouth... dove back under and brought up the right one (with the mark on it)!
She did the same thing with every other one we tested her with.
Dove under to find the one we threw in, spit it out if she got the wrong one, and dove back under to find the right stone.
She did this time and again. Now always did it till she got the right stone,

Just amazing and so smart.

She also taught our pit-beagle. Did not concentrate on getting the pit-beagle to get the right one.. just to dive under and bring a rock back to us.
There were many more things she could do that showed how smart she was, so I agree Australian Shepherds are VERY smart... just amazing! And what a great dog she was till we we had to put here down a few years back.
She is missed a lot. But the pit beagle kept up the diving Smokey had taught him until he passed few years later.
Which shows not only did Smokey learn to dive under water, but taught another dog to do it too! Just amazing!
64 posted on 01/07/2012 12:16:48 AM PST by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: dsrtsage

Ha! The spitz breeds (and their selective hearing) are great.

Oft deaf to “come” or “in the car”, but “treat” brings them home. ;-)


65 posted on 01/07/2012 10:25:46 AM PST by Altariel (`)
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To: dsrtsage

Beautiful dog. :-)


66 posted on 01/07/2012 10:26:44 AM PST by Altariel (`)
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To: Altariel

Dogs Have Same More Understanding as than Babies, Study RUFUS Says
;)

67 posted on 01/07/2012 11:48:41 AM PST by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: donhunt

It’s great fun to interact with an animal. My dog has to live with my parents as I cannot have pets in my apartment (but I pay all her bills and visit on weekends). This dog totally loves all her people and I adore her tail-wagging excitement when someone comes in the house that she knows. Plus, she has been great company for my dad since he had a mild stroke in November. Hangs out with him, naps with him, etc...


68 posted on 01/07/2012 2:19:18 PM PST by midnightcat
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