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Dogs Understand Same Cues as Children

When Fido and Fred Share the Spotlight

If I had a penny for every time my dad compared his Labrador to my children, I'd be a rich woman. To be fair, puppies and infants share many characteristics. They cry, pee and poop without a care and eat and whimper through the night. As children age, they continue to mimic their furry friends — crawling around and investigating, showing jealous tendencies, and following mama wherever she goes. Proud pet owners who liken their pups to humans can cite a new study when bragging on their furry family member. According to the research, dogs can understand the same pointing gestures as a 2-year-old child. The report says

Dogs possess a two-year-old child's capacity to understand human pointing gestures, with dogs requiring next to zero learning time to figure out the visual communication... The comparison with kids doesn't end there. Due to domestication, dogs appear to be predisposed to read other human visual signals, including head-turning and gazing.

My old man will be delighted to know his comparisons are legit, but his parallels will soon come to an end. The researcher said, "In human children between the age of two and three years, important changes take place that go beyond the capacities of dogs." Phew.

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