(DOGS) The closer you are to a friend the more it seems like the two of you share a brain. You finish each other’s sentences and often know how the other is doing without ever having to ask. Humans friends aren’t the only ones able to read your mind, dogs also seem to have this ability. Read on to discover if your pooch really has canine telepathy or if you’re just really good friends. — Global Animal
(Dog)Spired, Leslie Brown
Dogs are so in tune with us that they can read our minds, according to a new study that also determined canines are probably born with the ability. This is a dog lovers dream come true, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Those who live with canines likely admit that they feel a strong connection with their pals, and often feel like they speak each other’s language.
Practice makes perfect, however, so the more a dog hangs around humans, the better he or she becomes at “canine telepathy,” which actually relies on hyperawareness of the senses.
Those of us who have owned or been around dogs for any period of time know how well they often “get” us, sensing tiredness, depression, headaches, or other maladies before we consciously exhibit any major outward signs of distress. Dogs can even detect when a person has cancer. They also seem to sense our joy and good health.
Researchers at the University of Florida studied domestic and wild dogs, and were lead to believe that these animals have an innate ability to understand and react to human emotion. Their experiments consisted of little tests based on human body language, verbal commands, and attentional states. It appeared that the more exposure dogs had to humans, the better they were at reading their minds.
Shelter dogs were not nearly as successful as pampered house pooches, demonstrating that exposure to humans allows dogs to hone their natural people-reading skills even more.
According to the researchers, “These results suggest that dogs’ ability to follow human actions stems from a willingness to accept humans as social companions, combined with conditioning to follow the limbs and actions of humans to acquire reinforcement. The type of attentional cues (the context in which the command is presented), and previous experience are all important.”
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