Many dog lovers say their pets seem to know what they’re thinking, and a study in Science Magazine suggests they may be right. It seems the process of domestication, originated about 15,000 years ago, may have given canines the ability to read certain human social behaviors.
Anthropologist Brian Hare found in his experiments that dogs are extremely capable of responding to human cues such as gazing or pointing. Despite having larger brains than dogs, wolves did not fare as well in the experiments. When an animal is domesticated, Hare concludes, he becomes calmer and more attentive, so the ability to understand non-verbal signals may be the byproduct of the process.
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