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Best friend, indeed: Dogs take human cues better than chimps
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 11-22-02

Posted on 11/22/2002 10:34:10 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic

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To: concentric circles
Early hunters would not have wasted their time attempting to domesticate a creature that did not already demonstrate a keen empathy for humans and an unusual ability to work with them.

I think you're right!

51 posted on 11/22/2002 1:47:00 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
"That tells us that dogs were very important," said Jennifer A. Leonard, now at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, who helped lead the study. "Remember, these are hunter gatherers in the Stone Age. They don't have a lot of stuff, and dogs have to be fed and to some extent taken care of."

...not to mention played with, scratched on the top of the head, tickled on the belly....

52 posted on 11/22/2002 1:54:42 PM PST by Lurking Libertarian
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To: afraidfortherepublic
In the first direct comparison of its kind between dogs and chimpanzees, dogs demonstrated an uncanny ability to interpret human communicative cues - gleaning information from subtle hand gestures and even getting the meaning of a human glance - while the brainy chimps remained clueless to what was going on.

This is the same thing my cat says.

53 posted on 11/22/2002 1:57:03 PM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: concentric circles
I suggest that these characteristics were inherent in the canine species that sprung forth from prior genetic stock in those ancient days and that selective breeding only refined preexistent qualities.

Do you have any doubt that dogs evolved from wolves?

54 posted on 11/22/2002 1:58:37 PM PST by Lurking Libertarian
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Arf... Arf... Arfreepers... It's Fido here... How ya doon ???

This time around I figured I'd be reincarnated as a clever little kitty-cat... but nooooooo... this time I wound up as a dopey, dipshiit democRAT !!!

Near as I can figure... I musta bit one too many mailmen !!!


55 posted on 11/22/2002 2:41:09 PM PST by GeekDejure
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To: anguish
LOL.....YES.....kitty's are quite brainy too, as I tell my husband when he thinks they are not.....I remind him, THEY have trained him to 1) feed them twice a day, two different kinds of food; 2)clean up any hair they leave around; 3) spoon and shovel their um...lavatory droppings....into a sack and dump them in the garbage...... and it goes on.....YEAH.....they're dumb....as a fox.
56 posted on 11/22/2002 2:43:06 PM PST by goodnesswins
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To: afraidfortherepublic
My Great Dane also understands "scoot". If he's laying on the bed and I want to take a nap, I'll say "scoot" and he moves over to make room for me. So far, the mastif hasn't learned that trick. It's quite a sight, the three of us all taking a nap together.

We used to have two danes. One was mine and the other my wife's. The two dogs knew the sound of each of our vehicles. If I drove up, Duke met me at the door. If my wife drove up, Sugar met her at the door. It was the sound because we swapped vehicles as an experiment.
57 posted on 11/22/2002 3:02:34 PM PST by DugwayDuke
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My Shar-Pei's understand every move I make and everything I say.

They also not only understand English, they understand Polish too, thanks to my long time cleaning lady who fell in love with them as pups and still adores them weekly!
58 posted on 11/22/2002 3:08:03 PM PST by grammymoon
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To: goodnesswins
I remind him, THEY have trained him
Exactly. Every now and then I meet "cat owners" who actually think they "own" their cat. Like a cat ever could be "owned"! When I look into the deep-blue eyes of the white furball that lives with me, inside that cuddly exterior, I understand that she owns me. She will never do what I tell her to do unless it suits her, and I will always do what she wants me to, no matter the inconvenience.

/ property of Freya

59 posted on 11/22/2002 3:12:53 PM PST by anguish
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To: Sungirl
Not in this thread they don't! ;)
60 posted on 11/22/2002 3:12:55 PM PST by madison10
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To: Lurking Libertarian
Do you have any doubt that dogs evolved from wolves?

No, I believe the genetic studies clearly demonstrate the linkage, though I recall reading that a few breeds have fox in their lineage. I was suggesting that early man did not domesticate a wolf or wolf like creature, rather, that real, and preexistent dogs were the creatures who were so readily adopted and domesticated.

Hunting for survival must be a lonely and exhausting undertaking at times. What a godsend a companionable dog must have seemed and with the ability to locate game from afar, their caretakers must have felt truly blessed.

61 posted on 11/22/2002 4:48:08 PM PST by concentric circles
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If he's laying on the bed and I want to take a nap, I'll say "scoot" and he moves over to make room for me. So far, the mastif hasn't learned that trick. It's quite a sight, the three of us all taking a nap together...

I hope you have a KING sized bed!

62 posted on 11/23/2002 6:09:34 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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It's just regular size. But Duke's small for a Dane, only 145 pounds. Mooch tips in at about 205 which is pretty big for girl. Altogether it makes for some pretty good naps these cold winter days.
63 posted on 11/23/2002 6:52:33 AM PST by DugwayDuke
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Note: this topic is dated 11/22/2002.

Blast from the Past.

Thanks afraidfortherepublic.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


64 posted on 03/03/2013 6:26:10 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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