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Dogs automatically imitate people
msnbc ^ | 7/28/10 | Jennifer Viegas

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at msnbc.msn.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: agriculture; animalhusbandry; automatically; dogs; imitate; people
Aha! That explains my dog's sudden interest in the Chicago White Sox.
1 posted on 07/28/2010 10:22:33 AM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Could also explain his sudden interest in
hot dogs and beer...


2 posted on 07/28/2010 10:24:24 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: Nachum

My dog farts and lays around a lot. I guess I’m to blame.


3 posted on 07/28/2010 10:24:24 AM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: Nachum

I knew I should have stopped licking myself when we got the puppy.


4 posted on 07/28/2010 10:24:44 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Nachum

My dog barks a lot. My wife talks a lot. Hmm.


5 posted on 07/28/2010 10:25:26 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: tet68
Or the nose in the crotch thing.

6 posted on 07/28/2010 10:25:40 AM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: Nachum

I try not to sniff butts when the dog is around, but he must have seen me anyway.

And the leg humping, too.


7 posted on 07/28/2010 10:26:18 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Nachum

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


8 posted on 07/28/2010 10:27:23 AM PDT by Errant
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To: Nachum

I guess that explains Bo cr@pping all over the White House lawn.


9 posted on 07/28/2010 10:29:14 AM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: Retired Greyhound

First comment at the article;

“This should make training a puppy to poop outside much easier!”


10 posted on 07/28/2010 10:29:38 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Nachum

11 posted on 07/28/2010 10:30:31 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Nachum

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...


12 posted on 07/28/2010 10:32:00 AM PDT by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: Nachum

I find this a little suspicious. I do not dig holes and poop in the yard.


13 posted on 07/28/2010 10:34:58 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Tijeras_Slim

LOL....and stiffing tail!


14 posted on 07/28/2010 10:35:05 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Political correctness in America today is a Rip Van Winkle acid trip.)
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To: Nachum

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!)


15 posted on 07/28/2010 10:38:59 AM PDT by KeepUSfree (WOSD = fascism pure and simple.)
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To: Nachum

A sign on my door says, “My dog attacks dim-o-rats”. Guess this is true. Wait... I am like my dog!

LLS


16 posted on 07/28/2010 10:41:09 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ( WOLVERINES!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

lol


17 posted on 07/28/2010 10:45:33 AM PDT by TomServo
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To: windcliff

ping


18 posted on 07/28/2010 10:58:13 AM PDT by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: Nachum

I knew I shouldn’t go dig up the voles for midnight snacks, but I just couldn’t help myself.


19 posted on 07/28/2010 11:23:01 AM PDT by FourPeas ("Barack Obama never misses an opportunity to jump to the wrong conclusion." -csmusaret)
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To: Slings and Arrows

lol! An oldie but a goodie.


20 posted on 07/28/2010 11:40:50 AM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: Phlap

It does supoort the article’s premise.


21 posted on 07/28/2010 11:45:17 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Nachum

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.


22 posted on 07/28/2010 12:15:59 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: TexasRepublic

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.


23 posted on 07/28/2010 1:06:10 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: Nachum

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.


24 posted on 07/28/2010 1:10:30 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: tet68

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


25 posted on 07/29/2010 12:27:33 AM PDT by Colorado Cowgirl (God bless America!)
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To: TexasRepublic

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!


26 posted on 07/29/2010 12:45:39 AM PDT by garandgal
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To: Nachum
I used to say about my little corgi it seemed her main interest in life was to figure out what I intended to do next.

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

27 posted on 08/01/2010 11:25:19 AM PDT by Marylander
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