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What Your Dog Is Thinking
Time ^ | October 12, 2012 | Annie Murphy Paul

Posted on 10/12/2012 2:04:28 PM PDT by lbryce

ver the past half-century, the tools of neuroscience have revealed much about the workings of the human brain. Now researchers are pushing forward in a new frontier: exploring what goes on in the mind of man’s best friend. The study of canine cognition has taken off in recent years, energized by new findings about how dogs learn words, numbers and abstract concepts — and how they manage us, their ostensible masters.

In a study published in the journal Animal Cognition, researchers used a procedure known as “preferential viewing” to show that dogs can understand simple calculations. Eleven pet dogs were shown treats that were then placed behind a screen. When one treat, and then another, was placed behind the screen and the screen was removed, dogs gazed briefly at the two treats. When two treats were deposited behind the screen but only one remained when the screen was taken away, the dogs stared at the lone treat for longer, indicating that they were aware the math didn’t add up.

(MORE: The Secret Inside Your Dog’s Mind)

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: caninerecipes; dogs; obama
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I do know for a fact what Obama's dog is thinking and it ain't pretty.
1 posted on 10/12/2012 2:04:33 PM PDT by lbryce
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Sorry, but I don’t think this ever gets old:

The Dog’s Diary

8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm - Dinner! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

The Cat’s Diary

Day 983 of My Captivity

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet. Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates my capabilities. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a “good little hunter” I am. Bastards!

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of “allergies.” I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow, but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released, and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded. The bird must be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now ...


3 posted on 10/12/2012 2:12:25 PM PDT by Bush_Democrat ((xDem now) - Breitbart sent me)
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To: lbryce
"Food, food, food, food, food, food, SQUIRREL! food, food, food, food, food ..."

4 posted on 10/12/2012 2:12:47 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Romney vs Obama, Round One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyNxHOZiQPA)
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To: lbryce
that they were aware the math didn’t add up.

Smarter than most dims!

5 posted on 10/12/2012 2:12:56 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Get that evil, foreign, muslim, usurping, gay bastard out of MY White House!" FUBO!)
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6 posted on 10/12/2012 2:14:28 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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7 posted on 10/12/2012 2:15:07 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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8 posted on 10/12/2012 2:16:17 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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9 posted on 10/12/2012 2:17:18 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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10 posted on 10/12/2012 2:18:40 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Revolting cat!

can you do that with what a democrat is thinking ? lol


11 posted on 10/12/2012 2:21:18 PM PDT by Democrat_media (limit government to 5000 words of laws. how to limit gov Quantify limited government ...)
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To: lbryce

My dog sits in front of me, looks me in the eye and indicates, “You’re in my chair....”


12 posted on 10/12/2012 2:24:25 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Bush_Democrat

One of my favorites! BTW, have you met Henri, the Existential Cat? He’s a phenomenon, you know:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0M7ibPk37_U

Regards,


13 posted on 10/12/2012 2:27:19 PM PDT by VermiciousKnid (Sic narro nos totus!)
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To: Democrat_media
LOL...this isn't quite the same, but I did make this one recently:


14 posted on 10/12/2012 2:28:10 PM PDT by rlmorel ("It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong." Voltaire)
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To: Bush_Democrat

Every SINGLE time I see that, it makes me laugh! And I have seen it a lot!


15 posted on 10/12/2012 2:29:09 PM PDT by rlmorel ("It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong." Voltaire)
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To: Democrat_media


16 posted on 10/12/2012 2:30:23 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Stormdog

My dog is a malinois, she will jump over the back of the chair, nip you on alternating backs of the ears till you get up and out of her chair.


17 posted on 10/12/2012 2:33:33 PM PDT by nobamanomore
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To: Bush_Democrat

Even though I have read that many times in the past, I again laughed all the way through it. LOL


18 posted on 10/12/2012 2:35:41 PM PDT by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Ryan and the other guy.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: lbryce
This is my favorite "What do dogs thinks cartoon:


19 posted on 10/12/2012 2:41:30 PM PDT by RatSlayer
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To: nobamanomore

“My dog is a malinois, she will jump over the back of the chair, nip you on alternating backs of the ears till you get up and out of her chair.”

They do have a way of getting their point across.


21 posted on 10/12/2012 2:46:12 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: lbryce

My Dog: The Paradox at The Oatmeal

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/dog_paradox

Some language, but funny, weird, true, and poignant all at once.


22 posted on 10/12/2012 2:49:44 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est.)
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To: lbryce

Squirrel!


23 posted on 10/12/2012 2:52:09 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Stormdog

They are a different animal, the malinois is the only breed I know of that will do bitework while smiling.


24 posted on 10/12/2012 2:56:12 PM PDT by nobamanomore
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To: Bush_Democrat

Forgot about that one thanks for reposting!


25 posted on 10/12/2012 2:57:39 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

Computer Hope

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

26 posted on 10/12/2012 2:58:24 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: nobamanomore

“They are a different animal, the malinois is the only breed I know of that will do bitework while smiling.”

One of our K-9 guys had a Malinois, I gave him a wider berth than I did the German Shepards.


27 posted on 10/12/2012 3:05:31 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: lbryce

It's bacon!

28 posted on 10/12/2012 3:10:54 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: lbryce

Don't eat me.

29 posted on 10/12/2012 3:22:59 PM PDT by jaz.357 ( *Luke 6:43-45* Twas Ever Thus!)
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To: lbryce

My pit bull is thinking about how she can get a constant belly rub.


30 posted on 10/12/2012 3:26:13 PM PDT by dainbramaged (If you want a friend, get a Model 1911.)
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To: nobamanomore

Had a Belgian. Best dog ever.


31 posted on 10/12/2012 3:46:02 PM PDT by conservative sympathizer
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To: jaz.357

He doesn’t walk the dog except for this photo op.


32 posted on 10/12/2012 3:47:12 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: lbryce

LOL! “Simple calculations”? More like elaborate schemes at my house. They did get it right about managing their masters, though, & learning words. I’d love to see a poll re the lengths dog people go to, to maintain a normal conversation about food or going somewhere without starting a small riot.


33 posted on 10/12/2012 3:48:22 PM PDT by KGeorge
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To: KGeorge

LOL!!! Guilty!!! :)


34 posted on 10/12/2012 3:51:18 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: nobamanomore

I see a skillet gag ala bugs bunny in her near future.


35 posted on 10/12/2012 3:55:42 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Bush_Democrat

That is hysterical! I needed a good laugh.


36 posted on 10/12/2012 4:33:25 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Jeff Chandler

I have three dogs and one of them loves watching the squirrels. He stands up on back of the couch and whines and cries when he sees a squirrel. LOL


37 posted on 10/12/2012 4:40:52 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: lbryce

In the Japanese film, “Quill”, which is about guide dogs. they trained the dogs using orders in the English language. The trainers said this was because Japanese language was “confusing” to the dogs. Quill is on Netflix.


38 posted on 10/12/2012 4:48:35 PM PDT by Anima Mundi (ENVY IS JUST PASSIVE, LAZY GREED)
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To: KGeorge

They certainly know what keys are!


39 posted on 10/12/2012 4:49:27 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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40 posted on 10/12/2012 5:11:07 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: TurboZamboni

That’s my Lovey! Goat Dog!


41 posted on 10/12/2012 5:20:55 PM PDT by Shady (Hey, King Bozo Osmocote....you can't hide the truth anymore..)
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42 posted on 10/12/2012 5:25:40 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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43 posted on 10/12/2012 5:54:22 PM PDT by jy8z (From the next to last exit before the end of the internet.)
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To: lbryce

44 posted on 10/12/2012 5:57:18 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: lbryce

My four dogs were out in the back yard. The little one was looking at a tree. I asked him what he was thinking about.

“Oh....the wonder of photosynthesis.....how the seasons of the year affect the tree......how the leaves have been used to represent the life we have......the coming together of the nutrients in the soil and the water and sun and carbon dioxide......how marvelous this tree is.”

Duke was also looking at the tree. I asked him what he was thinking about.

“Oh.....if I can pee real high on that tree without tipping over.”


45 posted on 10/12/2012 6:01:24 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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Your picture?

I stole it.


46 posted on 10/12/2012 6:03:24 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: lbryce

I can read my dogs minds ...... and they can read mine.


47 posted on 10/12/2012 6:07:28 PM PDT by Ditter
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I can read my dogs minds ...... and they can read mine.


48 posted on 10/12/2012 6:13:24 PM PDT by Ditter
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