akula: Dogs are pack animals with an instinctive understanding of hierarchy within the pack. So yeah, if they know the alpha is somebody else then they know to disobey the alpha means bad things. If the alpha isn't around, well, one can get away with more stuff.My dog doesn't try to get away with anything when I'm around. When it's just my wife at home, well, she might push the limits a bit (she = the dog and not the wife, you morons). I guess the dog remembers who picked her up from the shelter and brought her home.
doglover: HairBolus: Knowing that your image in a mirror is actually you is the common test for this abilityOne that's got some fundamental flaws when you consider the differences in human and animal sensory abilities.
MarkEC: Dogs and cats tend to ignore mirrors. That alone seems to me to be that they recognize themselves in the mirror. ... Contrast that with the way birds react to mirrors. Male cardinals will attack the other male cardinal they see in the mirror, and repeat this action daily all summer long until you cover your car side mirrors.
jaylectricity: I know we're getting WAY off topic, but I recently discovered I can give my cat raw chicken breast and it doesn't bother her in the least. This is a cat that occasionally throws up a can of Friskies.
sandi_fish: I have seen my dog tippy toe, trying not to make noise. She'll do this when she thinks I am not looking and wants to go to a place where she is not supposed to be. I locked eyes with my daughter and I said "Did you see that?". My daughter recognize the different walking pattern too and we spent some time trying to get it on video, but the dog wasn't falling for it. Damn dog. It was one of the funniest things I have ever seen.
Antimatter: jehovahs witness protection: My dog is ALWAYS surprised by "experiments"I'd be pretty surprised if my dog was running experiments as well. I mean, how do you hold the beakers with paws and such?
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