People frown upon animals, they think they are just animals and they shouldn't be treated as well as people. Why people have that mindset, I will never know and nor would I want to know. People have the ability to remember and recall things from the past, even if they aren't important. What if I told you that dogs also have that ability as well? Researchers have proof that dogs do have that "episodic memory" too.
Claudia Fugazza is a researcher at the Comparative Ethology Research Group in Budapest, Hungary. She said,"dogs are among the few species that people consider 'clever,' and yet we are still surprised whenever a study reveals that dogs and their owners may share some mental abilities despite our distant evolutionary relationship." In this study, the researchers used the trick "Do as I Do." The dogs that were trained using the "do as I do" trick, can watch their owners perform an action and then do that same thing themselves. For instance, if the owner rolls over on the floor and gives their dog the "do it!" command, their dog will roll over on the floor too. Researchers trained 17 dogs to imitate things humans do with the "do as I do" training method. Next their did another part of training in which dogs were trained to lay down on the floor after the human action, no matter what it was.
When the dogs learned to lie down, the researchers then surprised them and said "DO IT", and the dogs did it. Amazingly, the dogs remembered what they saw the person doing even though they did not have a reason to think they would need to remember that, they showed episodic-like memory.
In easier words, the dogs remembered what their owner did even when they had no reason to remember it, just like us humans. I think this is a great discovery, dogs are a humans best friend, they are one of the most loyal animals, and one benefit we can get from this discovery with dogs is safety. They can be trained to remember specific things in order to protect someone, in order to help someone.
I have always thought that dogs were very smart. For instance, there are dogs participating in the mannequin challenge with even better videos than humans. Other experiments like Pavlov's experiment have put the memory of dogs to the test, and they obviously can be trained. What I am interested in is whether dogs are capable to remembering things from lets say 2 or 3 years ago. Of course they can remember owners but can they be induced to remember events or reactions from the past? I think so. We need to stop underestimating other animals because humans are not the only intelligent ones in these partsReplyDelete