Dogs and their interaction with humans are a special ingredient to a more rewarding existence and studies have shown that we are more in tune with our furry friends more than we think.
Juliane Kaminski, a cognitive psychologist believes … “We think that we are looking at a special adaptation in dogs to be sensitive to human forms of communication,” and a co-author at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, told Discovery News.
“There is multiple evidence suggesting that selection pressures during domestication have changed dogs such that they are perfectly adapted to their new niche, the human environment.”
Instinctively, dogs possess this rare gift of knowing and understanding way beyond human understanding…they just know!
The Kaminski studies along with her colleagues experimented with both dogs and chimpanzees rewarding the each if they performed according to the desired result.
The researchers would point at an identifiable object which was out of the researchers reach but accessible to both the dog and chimp. If either was to retrieve the object they were rewarded with their favorite tasty food treat respectively.
Who you may ask was more responsive to the researchers commands?
Yes you guessed it the dog and was justly reward for their efforts with their favorite treat.
The chimp was not so responsive to the researchers gestures even with the incentive of its favorite snack. They lacked the understanding of the objective and the reward behind the command.
“We know that chimpanzees have a very flexible understanding of others,” Kaminski said. “They know what others can or cannot see, when others can or cannot see them, etc.”
Though chimps are highly intelligent in their own rights they are not as responsive instinctively as a dog. Kaminski states that wolves do not possess the cognitive skills to the degree dogs do.
“Wolves, even when raised in a human environment, are not as flexible with human communication as dogs,” she said. “Dogs can read human gestures from very early ages on.”
Dogs are a rare breed and tend to resonate more on a human frequency than most other animals…
And that’s why they are a man’s best friend…
As for cats, Kaminski found that domestic felines also connect instinctively to humans and can comprehend human commands. But Kaminski, however, mentioned that “the researchers had to select them out of many hundreds of cats, ” proposing that only house kitties are on par with dogs when it comes to indulging people.