Can Your Dog Read Your Mind?
All of us dog lovers know that dogs have some kind of “6th sense”.
Dogs can do mystical things like:
- search for victims in natural disasters: not just people but other dogs as well
- protect their master when they sense danger
- give companionship to those who need it medically and psychologically
- change their behavior completely with the right owner
- wait for owner’s return, even if the owner might never return
But this time, a bunch of scientists and researchers actually undertook a study to find out exactly HOW this mystical communication between man and dog happens.
Here’s a summary of what they found:
Dogs were less likely to beg for food from the experimenters who had their backs to them, which indicates a “capacity to behave in accordance with a human’s attentional state” (i.e. human gestures)
Dogs raised as pets rather than in shelters were more likely to respond to cues when they had a human’s attention
In other words, dogs have some natural ability to sense when he’s got your attention, but he hones that sense through a lifetime of experience.
It’s not nature vs. nurture.
Dogs aren’t born being man’s best friend.
The experiences they have and the type of environment they live in — these influence their behavior. If you want a dog that’s very responsive to humans, that does take work.
Take a look at this video of the communication that takes place between an owner and her DEAF pit bull
There is NO verbal communication from the owner, yet the dog is able to understand and obey the commands.
In fact, there’s been studies in the past that pretty much affirms the idea that dogs and people DO communicate “telepathically”:
If you’re interested in the actual report, here it is: