Know how a dog will bark at someone with dark glasses on or a brimmed hat that hides the eyes? Well, some very involved tests have revealed a remarkable level of importance of a dog being able to see your eyes. So important, in fact, that researchers believe that a dog depends on being able to see your eyes to be able to trust you, or feel the need to follow your commands.
Back to the disobedient kid thing mentioned in part one, which I’m sure you’ve read by now (Second chance Link below : > ) Researchers tested dogs by placing treats on the floor and then telling the dog to NOT eat it. As long as the researcher sat there with eyes open (straight ahead, but not staring at the dog), the test dogs would obey. Good boy!
Now, here is the freaky part. If the researcher closed his or her eyes – just closed them (no other body or head movement), the dog would eat the treat! Bad boy! But, is it really misbehaving, or something else? The researchers want to know? Be sure to watch the embedded video to see this fascinating fact in action. It’s a little long (5:50), but every second is well worth watching.
Research facilities are operating in the U.S. and Europe. (The video shows the remarkable experiments done at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (whew) in Leipzig, Germany on both studies there on the remarkable canine/human connection in using hand gestures – and how dogs seem to need to key in on our eyes.
(Be forewarned- If you do watch the video, you’ll be careful how you move in front of your dog from then on – never take you eyes off you dog again.)
In the USA, Brian Hare, Assistant Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology of the Duke University’s Canine Cognition Center, is testing hundreds of dogs brought in by willing students and owners. Read more about Professor Hare’s efforts in parts one and two of this report (link below) / The Harvard University research lab has 1,000 dogs lined up as subjects.
These researchers aren’t studying the canine mind as a lark to satisfy the curiosity of the millions of people who love their dogs; it may also lead to more effective ways to train dogs or–more important–working dogs that can sniff out bombs and guide the blind. Read about: > The many ways in which dogs help humanity.
At a deeper level, it may likely ever well also tell us something about a different animal – ourselves.
So, remember this when you want to communicate with your canine buddy. Use your hands wisely- he’s taking cluesfrom your gestures – and make sure your pup gets a clear view of your eyes – he gets his cuefrom yoursoulful gaze.
Toss in a kind, upper scale tone of voice command, and his world is complete. Read my articles about > Do you speak dog? (Part one)
Would you like some help in learning about your dog and how to relate to him or her? Try the wonderful services of the local professional dog trainers listed below.
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Part One: Dog Intelligence and You – > Ever wonder what’s going on behind those soft brown eyes of your dog?
Part Two: Dog Intelligence and You – > Your hands give clues for your dog, your eyes, the control
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