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Dogs 'understand humans better than chimps'

Dogs 'understand humans better than chimps'

New research has suggests dogs have a better understanding of humans than chimps do.

New research has revealed dogs are better at understanding human gestures than chimps.

Conducted by a team at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany, the study used a classic retrieval command to test the animals.

Objects were placed in a room and both chimps and dogs were told to collect the correct item by a human, who pointed at the object they wanted.

Chimps were unable to complete the task, while a far higher number of dogs did so successfully.

Published in the latest edition of PLoS ONE, the investigation suggests dogs can understand humans well due to the fact they have been bred as domesticated animals.

Co-author Juliane Kaminski, a cognitive psychologist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, told Discovery News: "We think that we are looking at a special adaptation in dogs to be sensitive to human forms of communication."

Training a pet dog should begin at an early age and according to Dogs Trust, this is one of the best ways to establish a bond with an animal.

Dog food can be used as a reward for good work, while a dog training whistle could make the process easier.

Posted by James Fullerton
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Thursday, 9 Feb 2012, 4:47pm

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