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Dogs are cognitively remarkable

Brian Hare, a leading researcher in canine cognition and emotion researched the way dogs communicate with humans and most importantly read their communicative intentions - somethings apes, chimps, and bonobos struggle with. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


Through testing three hypotheses Brian found this understanding in our canine friends could not be explained by simple human exposure as puppies as young as 6 weeks could understand and use gestures nor was this skill inherited from ancestors as when they tested wolves they went as well as apes in the gestures games, while excelling in other memory games. The leading hypothesis of domestication, which while hard to test, suggests that dogs evolved to to read human gestures. This created more questions for Brian and his team as to why this was the case, and why gestures even developed in humans considering our closest evolutionary relatives did not excel in.

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