Skip to comments.Dogs Read Gestures Like 2-Year-Olds
Posted on 07/14/2009 11:31:05 AM PDT by libstripper
Have you ever considered your dog as an extra child? You may not be that far off. New research shows dogs are similar to 2-year-olds in their capacity to understand simple pointing gestures, Discovery News reported.
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Anybody who's trained for dog agility or for retrieving knows that dogs understand pointing gestures. What's more, they can distinguish between left and right, and between a straight "over", a "back" and an "angle back". As well as "come in", "easy" and "way back".
Instead of spending all that money, why didn't they just come out to a training day?
So they look at them for a half a second, stick their tongue out at you, run around in circles, and then take a nap?
I swear my dog knows when I put on shoes whether I am staying home or going out.......she knows what ones I will wear when leaving the house and she starts following me everywhere when she sees them.
I can vouch for this. They know my body language, my gestures, and they recognize some 1-2 word phrases.
I knew something was up when my dog gave me the finger a few days ago.
The real money should be spent on why supposedly mature liberals can’t think any better than a 2 year old.
They also know by which clothes I put on whether I'm going to work (and they sadly walk to their crates, go in and lie down) or we're going out to train (they go to the side door and commence bounding and barking).
They also know many of their toys by name and will bring them on command . . .
One thing that retrievers generally don't do is carry a bumper to somebody else. I was working with a pro trainer one day, he was about 75 yards away, and shouted for me to toss him a bumper. I can't toss ANYTHING 75 yards, so I heeled my older dog, put a bumper in her mouth, and told her, "Take it to Jerry!" and pointed. She trotted out to him, heeled, sat, and delivered to hand. "How'd you get her to do that?" he asked. I didn't train her, she just put two and two together and did it.
Agree. My dog responds much better to verbal and hand signals than my 2yo grand son.
Our dog packed up and left when we got a cat.
I forgot to say, she carried my husband’s birthday card to him earlier this month. “Take it to daddy!” and she went barging up the stairs and located him in the bathroom and presented her gift.
Dogs Read Gestures Like 2-Year-Olds
Headline: Dogs Smarter than Congress!
Show me an eight month old baby who goes outside to pee.
They also know how with just a look to get what they want from this human.
When I start to do my hair, the girls run for their leashes and jump up and down.
Thankfully, Eötvös Loránd University (the institution that conducted the study) is located in Hungary. This probably means it was US taxpayers that funded such nonsense.
That's what my Labs do. In all seriousness, my chocolate can retrieve on hand signals and whistle commands alone.
I was at a friend’s house on Christmas. His german short hair was watching the kids open presents and his master picking up the wrapping paper and putting it in the trash can. Without asking, the dog started picking up the paper and putting it in the can.
I can’t get any of my kids to pick up after themselves.
My late Golden (Terra deceased at 15 and a half) went stone cold deaf and it took a neighbor to tell us — she was so good at reading our body language!
Some dogs may be the equivalent of 2 year olds, and some are like 4 year olds.
No, you doof. It's a DOG.
The poodle we used to have could recognize a lot of words. We had to spell “ride to the lake” or “go for a golf cart ride”, etc. We never said anything about going to the vet, but she would start shaking like a leaf if we passed a certain intersection.
That is so funny you say that, my brother has two labs that do the exact same thing. They go bananas when he takes the guns out of the cabinet. Last year, we went skeet shooting and came back to his place reeking of gun powder. The pups looked liked they were just told there was no Santa Clause - deeply dejected and even pouted.
Watch National Geographic’s “Dog Genius” for some REALLY interesting information on how your dog knows what you are up to. A dog will look where a human points. A kid has to be shown how to do it. LOLOL!
We were cleaning out the garage when a thunderstorm blew up. Dogs were sitting watching the rain when there was a big bolt of lightning and a tremendous clap of thunder. My older Choc charged out into the rain and started looking everywhere "That was a BIG bang - must be a BIG duck! Where is it?" and of course the little Black followed her out to help look.
I’m with ya there. We have to spell w-a-l-k, r-i-d-e and b-e-a-c-h or the dogs go nuts.
unless you’re al franken, you’ve never licked your own butt as a child
Mine sure understand what it means when I pick up a fly swatter.
My dog knows the difference between work shoes, dress shoes, walking shoes and hunting shoes.
I thought my dog was the only one who noticed shoes.
I know the feeling, I have to sneak the gun out the night before because if he sees me take the gun out I wont get any sleep, he will bump me with a wet nose all night and if I put him out he will bark and whine, he is a spoiled bratt
Uhhh, Mr Sapper, please do not take insult but you obviously are not a dog person... I once told my mother in law in front of my wife that “I love that dog almost as much as your daughter”, she didnt blink an eye and said “I know what you mean”.
Well, let's see; I feed him dog food, lock him up in a plastic box for car trips, and kick him when he gets underfoot, so...Yeah.
Well, they are only human.
My lab mix not only understood gestures, body language, but some words, and the spelling of some words. As a puppy she created some of her own games.
They also talk to each other. I have to remind the other dogs in the ‘hood that I was really joking when I threatened to kill my Malamute for not chasing the squirrels out of the garden. I read somewhere that if you wanted a dog that absolutely was worthless, a Malamute was the best choice!
When the dog figured out "Has M-A-X been O-U-T?" my mother resorted to asking "Has you-know-who been you-know-where?" I think he ultimately got wise to that as well.
Oh, they are too cute. I didn’t know corgis were that big.
Who had to clean the gift up?
Who had to clean the gift up?
Your animals look a little.....large....
Our Belgian Terv learned how to spell. R-i-d-e and t-r-u-c-k were recognized even in their spelled form. We had to move to “t-r-a-v-e-l in the v-e-h-i-c-l-e”
Tervs are scary smart!
If my YOUNGER Lab had been deputized to deliver the card, THIS is what would have happened:
"It was like this when I got here - I swear!"
unfortunate but true,
I prefer the term ‘food motivated’
Like that would ever happen!
Another factor that may contribute to dogs understanding human cues with "next to zero learning time," as Discovery News described it, is pet owners use of baby talk -- or "motherese" -- with both their children and dogs.
Baby-talking a dog? Now who would do something like that?!?
We had a black lab, that someone had to put their foot on his tail, otherwise he jumped out of the boat or blind with first shot. He didn’t believe people could miss, but with a foot on his tail, he would wait.
I think that how people treat their dogs says a lot about their true nature.
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