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(Scientific American)   Puppies as young as eight weeks spontaneously understand human finger-pointing   (scientificamerican.com) divider line
    More: Cool, Karen Hopkin, Puppy, Christopher Hopkin, Scientific American's 60-Second Science, Dog, Dogs, Emily E. Bray et al., Genetics  
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2021-06-07 12:19:32 AM  
This was not research. It was an excuse to get paid to play with puppies
 
2021-06-07 12:47:39 AM  

anuran: This was not research. It was an excuse to get paid to play with puppies


And money well spent, in my view

I've found that cats can also 'translate' a pointed finger as the same gesture they make when they point their nose at something.  Point a finger directly at a cat and they'll often approach and sniff it.
 
2021-06-07 1:07:26 AM  
Did the puppies figure out to track where the finger was pointing, or were they tracking where the human was looking?
 
2021-06-07 1:24:45 AM  

Sliding Carp: Did the puppies figure out to track where the finger was pointing, or were they tracking where the human was looking?


Or smelling the treat?
 
2021-06-07 7:58:41 AM  
About half of my dogs understood pointing, the other half would just lick my finger.

How you point is also important, if you move your hand like you're throwing something, then the dog automatically tracks to where that thing would have landed.

Just extending an index finger in a direction isn't enough.
 
2021-06-07 8:19:53 AM  

brainlordmesomorph: About half of my dogs understood pointing, the other half would just lick my finger.

How you point is also important, if you move your hand like you're throwing something, then the dog automatically tracks to where that thing would have landed.

Just extending an index finger in a direction isn't enough.


Only one of our three mutts "gets it" and it's not the one that will play fetch.
 
2021-06-07 8:23:51 AM  
The pups participated in a handful of cognitive tests designed to assess dogs' social smarts. In one experiment, a researcher would hide food under one of two cups-and then call to the puppy and point toward the cup that held the treat.
Bray:And we found puppies were able to use this social cue effectively, choosing the correct location significantly above what you would expect by mere chance.

I love puppies and dogs of all ages, but this isn't research.  I want to know how often the puppies found the treat on the first try without the human pointing at the cup. Because I can hide treats anywhere and my dogs will find them without any clues.  They just follow their noses.
 
2021-06-07 8:26:30 AM  
My cat gets me pointing at things, points when she hunts, and signs in Esperanto.

She's amazing.
 
2021-06-07 8:30:07 AM  
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2021-06-07 9:38:52 AM  
Most cats don't react to finger pointing, but I had one cat that if you pointed at a toy and told him to go get it, he would look directly at it, walk over to it and put his paw on it.  He wouldn't bring it to you, but he would recognize what you were pointing at.

Had another cat that would play fetch endlessly.  You could throw a toy 100 times in a row and she would keep bringing it back.  I would do a fake throw and she would go find another toy to bring back.  I would hide the toys and she would bring a sock or a piece of dry food for me to throw.  It is fun at first but after awhile it is exhausting!
 
2021-06-07 10:10:10 PM  

anuran: This was not research. It was an excuse to get paid to play with puppies


Why would anyone want to get paid to play with puppies? I would pay to play with puppies.

If I wanted to fund research I would tap into desperate idiots like me.
 
2021-06-08 7:23:56 AM  
I've heard it said dogs understand finger pointing but I've never seen it myself. When pointing I've never had a dog look where I was pointing and not look at my finger.
 
2021-06-08 8:41:56 AM  
THIS one understands!


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2021-06-08 2:23:09 PM  

mcmnky: I've heard it said dogs understand finger pointing but I've never seen it myself. When pointing I've never had a dog look where I was pointing and not look at my finger.


For the most part if you point at something the dog will look at your finger. Some dogs, and it's a good indication that they're good hunting dogs, will look at what you're pointing at.
 
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