Skip to comments.Dogs automatically imitate people
Posted on 07/28/2010 10:22:29 AM PDT by Nachum
Some dogs may look like their owners, but all dogs imitate their human companions
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, dogs often shower us with praise. New research has just determined dogs automatically imitate us, even when it is not in their best interest to do so.
The study, published in the latest Proceedings of the Royal Society B, provides the first evidence that dogs copy at least some of our body movements and behaviors in ways that are spontaneous and voluntary.
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Could also explain his sudden interest in
hot dogs and beer...
My dog farts and lays around a lot. I guess I’m to blame.
I knew I should have stopped licking myself when we got the puppy.
My dog barks a lot. My wife talks a lot. Hmm.
I try not to sniff butts when the dog is around, but he must have seen me anyway.
And the leg humping, too.
Makes sense... Now I know where he learned how to scratch... But I’m not sure where he learned to lick certain parts of his body... lol
I guess that explains Bo cr@pping all over the White House lawn.
First comment at the article;
“This should make training a puppy to poop outside much easier!”
I don’t know about you guys, but I think this study has it backwards...we actually try to imitate our dogs...I have learned to enjoy a lifestyle of sleeping, eating, hunting and fishing, or otherwise playing, and mating...I don’t really like work anymore. For further evidence...my wife calls me a dog while never referring to the dogs as human...
I find this a little suspicious. I do not dig holes and poop in the yard.
LOL....and stiffing tail!
I believe this. Years ago...when I first tried to get my dog to play Frisbee,,,,she kept trying to catch it with her hands.
I had to take her to a friends house and his dog showed her how to catch it in her mouth. She never tried using her paws again.
Wolfie...she was literally, the smartest damn dog I had ever seen. HUGE vocabulary. (listening not speaking!)
A sign on my door says, “My dog attacks dim-o-rats”. Guess this is true. Wait... I am like my dog!
I knew I shouldn’t go dig up the voles for midnight snacks, but I just couldn’t help myself.
lol! An oldie but a goodie.
It does supoort the article’s premise.
My dogs have a definite preference to lay their heads on a pillow when on the sofa or the bed. It’s funny to see. Whether it was learned behavior or natural, I don’t know. The girl will sometimes sit upright and lean back on the sofa, just as a person sits; I have never seen another dog do that.
Laughing at the image — my dog does that too. She lies in bed under the covers with her head on the pillow as if she were human.
I read about another study that claimed to show there was nothing “man’s best friend” altruistic about the domesticated dog’s behavior towards humans.
They acquired (possibly over many generations) behaviors that they learned that humans would reward them for, fostering behaviors in humans to act like their parents and take care of them; feed them, give them a home and a “family”. The author called them something like “smart, sly, wonderful, little parasites”.
My dog-loving sense was not offended. It does not matter why (dogs do what they do), the experience is the reward.
One of my favorites: “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” Will Rogers, 1897-1935
My dog loves her pillow. She kept stealing one from the bed and carrying it down to the sofa until we just went ahead and bought a new pillow for my husband.
She sits upright in the front passenger seat of the car, and leans back..but the funniest thing is that she will often stretch out her right “arm” as thought she is driving right along with you. Good thing we don’t have one of those “driver’s ed” cars with the brake on the passenger side; we would be stopping every 10 feet to check out the pheasants, squirrels, etc...LOL!
Any dog-owner Freeper can tell you the same thing without a government grant.
Captain obvious strikes again: Sneaky Dogs Take Food Quietly to Avoid Getting Caught