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2012-10-12 01:28:05 PM  
FTA: Animal Cognition, for example, researchers used a procedure known as "preferential viewing" to show that dogs can understand simple calculations. Eleven pet dogs were shown treats that were then placed behind a screen. When one treat, and then another, was placed behind the screen and the screen was removed, dogs gazed briefly at the two treats. When two treats were deposited behind the screen, but only one remained when the screen was taken away, the dogs stared at the lone treat for longer, indicating that they were aware the math didn't add up.


I hope to get funding for such a project someday. Sheesh
 
2012-10-12 01:37:04 PM  
When two treats were deposited behind the screen, but only one remained when the screen was taken away, the dogs stared at the lone treat for longer, indicating that they were aware the math didn't add up.

I think the dog is less "understanding simple calculations" in this scenario and more wanting to know what you did with the other goddamn treat and waiting for you to put it back.
 
2012-10-12 03:14:54 PM  
My dog seems to think about his balls a lot.
 
2012-10-12 03:15:14 PM  
My dog farking LIES!
 
2012-10-12 03:16:00 PM  
Or...they figured out there was less, but wouldn't be able to tell you how much less no matter how many times Timmy fell down a well.
 
2012-10-12 03:17:12 PM  

MisterLoki: My dog seems to think about his balls a lot.


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/oblig
 
2012-10-12 03:19:41 PM  
Ah, the classics. Meat, balls, squirrels, and "What does your butt smell like?"
 
2012-10-12 03:20:18 PM  
I gotta shiat. I gotta shiat. I gotta shiat. I just shiat.
 
2012-10-12 03:20:37 PM  

Pocket Ninja: When two treats were deposited behind the screen, but only one remained when the screen was taken away, the dogs stared at the lone treat for longer, indicating that they were aware the math didn't add up.

I think the dog is less "understanding simple calculations" in this scenario and more wanting to know what you did with the other goddamn treat and waiting for you to put it back.


This. I've got three dogs and I know none of them are smart enough to know that one from two is one..
 
2012-10-12 03:22:10 PM  

Pocket Ninja: When two treats were deposited behind the screen, but only one remained when the screen was taken away, the dogs stared at the lone treat for longer, indicating that they were aware the math didn't add up.

I think the dog is less "understanding simple calculations" in this scenario and more wanting to know what you did with the other goddamn treat and waiting for you to put it back.


Or, in short, "Your dog thinks you're a dick."
 
2012-10-12 03:22:19 PM  
*walks by the catbox*...Hey Look! TREATS!!!

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2012-10-12 03:22:27 PM  
Llama, llama, duck.
 
2012-10-12 03:24:48 PM  
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2012-10-12 03:25:46 PM  
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Hey, don't mind me, I'm just gonna sleep here beside this warm computer-thingie you stare at all day... Say, is that a treat you're eating, can have some? Pleeeeease? Pretty pretty please? *wags tail*

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That's a nice piece of furniture you just bought this day. It would be a shame if someone were to.. Pee on it, wouldn't it?
 
2012-10-12 03:26:14 PM  
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2012-10-12 03:29:01 PM  
 
2012-10-12 03:34:03 PM  
My dog stretches and yawns when I get home from work. The yawn is audible and sounds like hellooo.
 
2012-10-12 03:34:59 PM  

KingKauff: This. I've got three dogs and I know none of them are smart enough to know that one from two is one..


I'm guessing their "simple calculations" is even simpler than that. "There are fewer treats now than there were" is still a calculation. About as simple as it gets, but a calculation none the less.
 
2012-10-12 03:44:47 PM  
My golden is sort of the evil mastermind who misbehaves and always makes dumb dog look guilty. I know he did it, but I can't prove it. Dude ate half a pizza out of the box on the coffee table the other day, without moving the box at all, and somehow closing it back. I didn't need a study to know he knows more than two words though. Besides sit and stay, there's treat, toy, ball, and best of all..... NO. And he totally looks guilty, it's not anthropomorphism.

I knew he was smart when he quit retrieving. He did for years, but now if I throw a ball he'll go get it, but he doesn't return it, he just finds a spot to lay down and chew on it. And looks at me like "hell no im not bringing this back, you'll just throw it again"
 
2012-10-12 03:44:47 PM  
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"Why is the sky grey? Why is the grass grey? Why is a rainbow grey, grey, grey, grey, grey and infra-grey?"
 
2012-10-12 03:45:07 PM  
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2012-10-12 03:45:23 PM  
touch screen

Your iPad just ordered fifty pounds of steak.
 
2012-10-12 03:47:22 PM  
Want steak. Want steak. Want steak. Want steak. Want steak. Want steak. SQUIRREL. Want steak. Want steak. Want steak. Want steak. Want steak

SELECT STEAK FROM TABLE ORDER BY TOPPING
 
2012-10-12 03:52:13 PM  

ChipNASA: *walks by the catbox*...Hey Look! TREATS!!!

[www.melpomene.org image 280x271]


That's often a sign of certain vitamin/mineral deficiencies.
 
2012-10-12 03:53:42 PM  

zarberg: ChipNASA: *walks by the catbox*...Hey Look! TREATS!!!

[www.melpomene.org image 280x271]

That's often a sign of certain vitamin/mineral deficiencies.


Vitamin S maybe {;-D
 
2012-10-12 03:53:46 PM  
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2012-10-12 03:54:03 PM  
The perfect gift for your dog. And for you.

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2012-10-12 04:01:08 PM  
My dog mostly wants beer , I don't need no machine to tell me that ...Don't leave your beer sitting around at my house : (
 
2012-10-12 04:02:52 PM  
"and they can learn to operate simple mechanisms like latches."

I don't think any pet owner would be surprised by this. I had a dog that would constantly open fence gates and screen doors. If she had opposable thumbs she'd have been unstoppable.

=Smidge=
 
2012-10-12 04:03:47 PM  

CruJones: Dude ate half a pizza out of the box on the coffee table the other day, without moving the box at all, and somehow closing it back.


My brother's dog stole a tray of cinnamon rolls while bro was away. Bro found the empty tray stashed behind the couch a week later. Scary smart.

RIP. Milo.
 
2012-10-12 04:05:32 PM  
My dog laughs when I tickle her. No, not my exwife, I said my DOG laughs. 
She could use a pair of thumbs. I'd give her one of mine just to see if it would work.
 
2012-10-12 04:05:48 PM  
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SQUIRREL!!!
 
2012-10-12 04:06:18 PM  
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2012-10-12 04:07:54 PM  
My parents' dog knows how to request walks - every so often she'll take her leash off the door handle where it hangs and bring it in to them.
 
2012-10-12 04:09:00 PM  

RY28: My dog mostly wants beer , I don't need no machine to tell me that ...Don't leave your beer sitting around at my house : (


Your dog wants to stop feeling sick all the time
Your dog wants to wake up and not go over all the crap he did the night before
Your dog wants to end the secrets
Your dog wants to stop hurting his friends and family
Your dog wants a stable relationship not based on enabling
Your dog wants the court to give him more time with his puppies
 
2012-10-12 04:09:16 PM  
My dogs can tell time. They know when it is 6PM and DINNER TIME!! The most magical, marvelous time of the day besides breakfast. They will start fidgeting about 20 minutes before 6, and jumping all over me if They think I will be tardy with my responsibilities.
 
2012-10-12 04:10:10 PM  

CruJones: My golden is sort of the evil mastermind who misbehaves and always makes dumb dog look guilty. I know he did it, but I can't prove it. Dude ate half a pizza out of the box on the coffee table the other day, without moving the box at all, and somehow closing it back. I didn't need a study to know he knows more than two words though. Besides sit and stay, there's treat, toy, ball, and best of all..... NO. And he totally looks guilty, it's not anthropomorphism.

I knew he was smart when he quit retrieving. He did for years, but now if I throw a ball he'll go get it, but he doesn't return it, he just finds a spot to lay down and chew on it. And looks at me like "hell no im not bringing this back, you'll just throw it again"


Huh, sounds like my lab. Too smart for her own good. She'll fetch two or three times, then it's time to chill and munch. Although, she had her front legs broken by a moose as a pup and she recovered well, but I think it's finally starting to slow her down.
 
2012-10-12 04:15:03 PM  
Whenever I visit my buddies place, his dog will immediately go to the refrigerator and grab me a beer.

/seriously, awesome
//dog drool on said beer, not awesome
 
2012-10-12 04:15:15 PM  

StrikitRich: My dogs can tell time. They know when it is 6PM and DINNER TIME!! The most magical, marvelous time of the day besides breakfast. They will start fidgeting about 20 minutes before 6, and jumping all over me if They think I will be tardy with my responsibilities.


My dog does that too. She's got an amazing internal clock that is off by about +/-5 minutes
 
2012-10-12 04:18:34 PM  

StrikitRich: My dogs can tell time. They know when it is 6PM and DINNER TIME!! The most magical, marvelous time of the day besides breakfast. They will start fidgeting about 20 minutes before 6, and jumping all over me if They think I will be tardy with my responsibilities.


Every animal has a circadian rhythm. The question is, do they adjust for DST?
 
2012-10-12 04:24:17 PM  

RoyHobbs22: My dog farking LIES!


I'm glad I'm not the only one. My dog is very good at pretending she wants something when her goal is actually something else. Most recent example: pretending a need to go outside to get a kid of our acquaintance to leave the pizza. I'm just lucky my dog is lazy if she had any work drive she would get bored and create her own amusement that would end badly.
 
2012-10-12 04:28:16 PM  
Dogs know via smell that the second treat is being hidden. They are just trying to get you to reveal your hidden food. They perceive things you can't. Doesn't mean they can add
 
2012-10-12 04:28:55 PM  
Thousands of years from now dogs will have evolved language, due to their species unique and close relationship with our species.
 
2012-10-12 04:33:54 PM  

We're beginning to see some signs of progress: Thousands of years from now dogs will have evolved language, due to their species unique and close relationship with our species.


There's a fair amount of inter-species communication going on between dogs and humans as it is. Humans can generally distinguish between happy barks, aggressive barks, lonely barks, etc, and dogs can certainly recognize words as well as the difference between laughing, yelling, etc.
 
2012-10-12 04:34:46 PM  
A smart dog is still pretty dumb when compared to a human. I am sure my dog understands the concept of "1" and "more than one" - maybe he even gets "2" or "3", but I don't know about simple numbers. He's a very smart dog, but they think fundamentally different than we do. If I show him one treat he gets excited. If I break it in two I get the impression that he thinks I'm a wizard because I made more treats from the first one.

All that said though... being smart has its downsides too.
 
2012-10-12 04:37:45 PM  

We're beginning to see some signs of progress: Thousands of years from now dogs will have evolved language, due to their species unique and close relationship with our species.


I'm on my phone so linking is a pain in the ass, but you really ought to read "City" by Clifford D Simak. Awesome scifi novel, well worth the read.
 
2012-10-12 04:40:30 PM  

Fabric_Man: StrikitRich: My dogs can tell time. They know when it is 6PM and DINNER TIME!! The most magical, marvelous time of the day besides breakfast. They will start fidgeting about 20 minutes before 6, and jumping all over me if They think I will be tardy with my responsibilities.

Every animal has a circadian rhythm. The question is, do they adjust for DST?


With time. Take them across a time zone, though, and you mess them up.
 
2012-10-12 04:40:38 PM  

AssAsInAssassin: CruJones: Dude ate half a pizza out of the box on the coffee table the other day, without moving the box at all, and somehow closing it back.

My brother's dog stole a tray of cinnamon rolls while bro was away. Bro found the empty tray stashed behind the couch a week later. Scary smart.

RIP. Milo.


Beware the cinnamon rolls... They killed that guy's dog!
 
2012-10-12 04:41:06 PM  

Jubeebee: There's a fair amount of inter-species communication going on between dogs and humans as it is. Humans can generally distinguish between happy barks, aggressive barks, lonely barks, etc, and dogs can certainly recognize words as well as the difference between laughing, yelling, etc.


Yeah, they have a more diverse 'vocabulary' than you'd think when it comes to barks, whines, whimpers. I can think of probably 10-12 distinct vocal communications that the older of my two dogs will use. The most recent one I've noticed (since we started feeding them in their crates) is an "okay, I'm done" bark that he uses when he's finished eating. Totally distinct from every other noise I've ever heard him make, with no urgency whatsoever. Never makes it more than once. Bizarre.
 
2012-10-12 04:52:29 PM  
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