HOW DOGS LEARN HUMAN BEHAVIOR
Can dogs read our minds?? How they learn to ask for food or behave badly when not looking them?? According to Monique Udell and his team, the University of Florida, the way in which dogs come to respond to the level of people's attention tells us something about how dogs think and learn about human behavior.
His research, published in the journal Learning & Behaviour, It suggests that all is due to a combination of specific signals, context and experience. Recent work has identified a remarkable range of social behaviors similar to humans in domestic dogs, including its ability to respond to human body language, verbal orders, and the States of attention.
The question is, How do they do?? do they infer dogs in human mental States by observing its appearance and behavior in various circumstances and then act accordingly?? Or they learn from the experience?, in response to environmental signals, the presence or absence of certain stimuli, and even the signs of human behavior? The work of Udell and his companions “It sheds some light on these issues”.
They carried out two experiments comparing the performance of domestic dogs, pastoral dogs and wolves, giving them the opportunity to ask for food, either a close person or a person who cannot see the animal. They wanted to know if the environment of the animal (a herd or a House), or own species (dog or Wolf), It had impact on the performance of the animal.
It showed for the first time that the wolves, like domestic dogs, they are able to claim food approaching the attentive human. This shows that both species – domestic and non-domestic – they have the ability to behave according to the State of attention of a human being. In addition, both the wolves and the dogs were able to quickly improve your performance with practice. The authors also found that dogs were not sensitive to all the Visual signs of attention of a human being in the same way.
In particular, the dogs of domestic environment rather than the dedicated to pasture were more sensitive to the predictable stimuli in the attentive human beings. Dogs with less regular exposure to humans were more incorrectly in to ask food.
According to the researchers, “These results suggest that the ability of dogs to track human actions is due to the willingness to accept humans as social companions, combined with an ability to keep the limbs and the actions of human beings to receive confirmation. Like this, the type of attention signals, the context in which the order is, and the experience are important”.