Confirmed: Dogs Know When You’re Trying to Fool Them

Posted by on February 24, 2015 in Animals and Pets, Conscious Living with 0 Comments

CleverDogDogs are certainly no dummies when it comes to understanding humans.

Canines can understand our voice commands and know what it means when we point(something even chimps have trouble with)–and recent research shows that they caneven read our facial expressions.

Now a study from Japan suggests that dogs can tell when a human is trying to dupe them.

Dogs have more sophisticated social intelligence than we thought,” Dr. Akiko Takaoka, a researcher at Kyoto University and a co-author of the study, told the BBC. “This social intelligence evolved selectively in their long life history with humans.”

For the study, which was published Oct. 24, 2014 in the journal Animal Cognition, the researchers tested 34 pet dogs as they interacted with a human and a pair of containers (one containing a food treat, the other empty).

In the first phase of the study, an experimenter pointed at a container that held a treat–essentially giving good advice. In the second phase, the experimenter showed the dogs the contents of both containers and then pointed to the empty container. In phase three, the experimenter pointed once again at the treat-filled container, just as in phase one.

 

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