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Dogs Read Gestures Like 2-Year-Olds
AOL News ^ | July 14, 2009 | AOL News

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cognition; doggieping; dogs
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Mine, a 61 lb. Wemador and an 83 lb. Pitador, certanly knkw how to run my life.
1 posted on 07/14/2009 11:31:06 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper
They needed a STUDY to tell them this?

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?

2 posted on 07/14/2009 11:33:42 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: libstripper
Dogs Read Gestures Like 2-Year-Olds

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?

3 posted on 07/14/2009 11:34:54 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: AnAmericanMother

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.


4 posted on 07/14/2009 11:35:25 AM PDT by tioga
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To: libstripper

I can vouch for this. They know my body language, my gestures, and they recognize some 1-2 word phrases.


5 posted on 07/14/2009 11:35:33 AM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: libstripper

I knew something was up when my dog gave me the finger a few days ago.


6 posted on 07/14/2009 11:37:42 AM PDT by fish hawk (Lord, help us to attain knowledge and the wisdom to apply it toward your ultimate will.)
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To: libstripper

The real money should be spent on why supposedly mature liberals can’t think any better than a 2 year old.


7 posted on 07/14/2009 11:38:22 AM PDT by fortunate sun (What's fat, ugly, lives in Alaska and makes Grendel's mother smell like roses? Linda Kellen Biegel)
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To: tioga
My dogs go dancing barking crazy when I pull the shotgun case out of the hall closet.

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.

8 posted on 07/14/2009 11:39:20 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: libstripper
My Corgi's are like 3-year-olds, na na

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9 posted on 07/14/2009 11:39:49 AM PDT by JMJJR (Nah, only dead fish “go with the flow”.)
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To: mnehring

Agree. My dog responds much better to verbal and hand signals than my 2yo grand son.


10 posted on 07/14/2009 11:40:33 AM PDT by pappyone (New to Freep, still working a tag line.)
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To: libstripper

Our dog packed up and left when we got a cat.


11 posted on 07/14/2009 11:40:37 AM PDT by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: tioga

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.


12 posted on 07/14/2009 11:40:46 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: mnehring

Dogs Read Gestures Like 2-Year-Olds

Headline: Dogs Smarter than Congress!


13 posted on 07/14/2009 11:41:17 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: libstripper

Show me an eight month old baby who goes outside to pee.


14 posted on 07/14/2009 11:41:37 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: libstripper

They also know how with just a look to get what they want from this human.


15 posted on 07/14/2009 11:42:21 AM PDT by bgill (The evidence simply does not support the official position of the Obama administration)
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To: tioga

When I start to do my hair, the girls run for their leashes and jump up and down.


16 posted on 07/14/2009 11:42:54 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: AnAmericanMother
"They needed a STUDY to tell them this?"

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.

17 posted on 07/14/2009 11:45:22 AM PDT by OldDeckHand (No Socialized Medicine, No Way, No How, No Time)
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To: mnehring
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?

That's what my Labs do. In all seriousness, my chocolate can retrieve on hand signals and whistle commands alone.

18 posted on 07/14/2009 11:46:14 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (So close to Postal)
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To: libstripper

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.


19 posted on 07/14/2009 11:47:06 AM PDT by dangerdoc (dangerdoc (not actually dangerous any more))
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To: AnAmericanMother

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.


20 posted on 07/14/2009 11:48:04 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: libstripper
"Have you ever considered your dog as an extra child?"

No, you doof. It's a DOG.

21 posted on 07/14/2009 11:48:32 AM PDT by DesertSapper (God, Family, Country . . . . . . . . . . and dead terrorists!!!)
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To: Clara Lou

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.


22 posted on 07/14/2009 11:49:56 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Jimmy Carter - now the second worst POTUS ever. BHO has #1 spot in his sights.)
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To: AnAmericanMother
"My dogs go dancing barking crazy when I pull the shotgun case out of the hall closet."

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.

23 posted on 07/14/2009 11:51:32 AM PDT by OldDeckHand (No Socialized Medicine, No Way, No How, No Time)
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To: libstripper

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!


24 posted on 07/14/2009 11:52:43 AM PDT by redhead (You don't have to be eaten by a bear to know he WILL eat you...)
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To: OldDeckHand
I hate it when they sit down with their backs pointedly to you . . . .

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.

25 posted on 07/14/2009 11:53:22 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: Arrowhead1952

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.


26 posted on 07/14/2009 11:54:48 AM PDT by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: mnehring

unless you’re al franken, you’ve never licked your own butt as a child


27 posted on 07/14/2009 11:55:18 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: latina4dubya

Ping


28 posted on 07/14/2009 11:58:57 AM PDT by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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Mine sure understand what it means when I pick up a fly swatter.


29 posted on 07/14/2009 12:01:07 PM PDT by KarinG1 (You're just jealous because the voices don't talk to you.)
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To: tioga

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.


30 posted on 07/14/2009 12:03:50 PM PDT by colorcountry (A faith without truth is not true faith.)
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To: AnAmericanMother

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


31 posted on 07/14/2009 12:06:53 PM PDT by pmac
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To: DesertSapper

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”.


32 posted on 07/14/2009 12:07:38 PM PDT by Harry Pothead (Go Sarah!)
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To: libstripper
Have you ever considered your dog as an extra child?

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.

33 posted on 07/14/2009 12:09:18 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs (It takes a viking to raze a village!)
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To: libstripper

Well, they are only human.


34 posted on 07/14/2009 12:11:57 PM PDT by dainbramaged (If you want a friend, get a dog.)
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To: tet68

LOL!


35 posted on 07/14/2009 12:16:33 PM PDT by EdReform (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed *NRA*JPFO*SAF*GOA*SAS*CCRKBA)
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To: libstripper

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.


36 posted on 07/14/2009 12:28:19 PM PDT by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: libstripper

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!


37 posted on 07/14/2009 12:41:59 PM PDT by Big_Harry ( Thank God I am an "Infidel"!)
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To: numberonepal
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.

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.

38 posted on 07/14/2009 12:44:27 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: JMJJR

Oh, they are too cute. I didn’t know corgis were that big.


39 posted on 07/14/2009 12:59:18 PM PDT by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Who had to clean the gift up?


40 posted on 07/14/2009 1:00:02 PM PDT by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Who had to clean the gift up?


41 posted on 07/14/2009 1:01:49 PM PDT by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: JMJJR

Your animals look a little.....large....


42 posted on 07/14/2009 1:09:27 PM PDT by China Clipper (My favorite animals usually are found next to the rice on my plate.)
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To: numberonepal; Arrowhead1952

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!


43 posted on 07/14/2009 1:09:28 PM PDT by delphirogatio (I may not be a lion, but I am a lion's cub, and I have a lion's heart)
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To: gussiefinknottle
She's very soft-mouthed and she does not slobber. The only marks on the card were two slight depressions from her canine teeth.

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!"

44 posted on 07/14/2009 1:10:29 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: China Clipper

unfortunate but true,

I prefer the term ‘food motivated’


45 posted on 07/14/2009 1:16:06 PM PDT by JMJJR (Nah, only dead fish “go with the flow”.)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Cute puppy!


46 posted on 07/14/2009 1:31:14 PM PDT by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: libstripper; Pride in the USA; Stillwaters
Have you ever considered your dog as an extra child?

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?!?


47 posted on 07/14/2009 1:54:35 PM PDT by lonevoice (This tagline is identical to the one you are reading)
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To: AnAmericanMother

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.


48 posted on 07/14/2009 3:06:26 PM PDT by razorback-bert (We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.)
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To: lonevoice

I think that how people treat their dogs says a lot about their true nature.


49 posted on 07/14/2009 3:34:59 PM PDT by Pride in the USA
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To: VRWCmember; CholeraJoe; secret garden; xsmommy; Texan5

puppy pingie


50 posted on 07/14/2009 3:36:43 PM PDT by tioga
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