The more dogs are studied, the more people seem to learn about humanity.
Monkeys may look more human-like but aren’t as keen to interact with us as much. They’re not closest to us in terms of how we use social information.
With dogs, it’s another story in that they’re intently associating with humans; really motivated into what are we up to. They’re dialed in, as if having with us an inherent connection. Turns out that dog-learning for us may seem to help explain what in our human mindset is related to experience.
It’s not about the ‘what’, but about the ‘how’ in dogs; not about their knowledge, but their mind processings. Moreover, it’s in what we get from that experience.
A dog’s processing when observing approach in how others interact with it, is mostly about intention & thus gleaning into the inner workings of canine cognition in the broad sense of the concept; it’s getting to know the the step by step thinking process that could lead to what’s considered or not important.
There’s this idea that, just as with humans, the nature of dogs could also be seen as unlimited in complexity. Even at an early developmental stage of life, we use different assessment levels, such as the moral one, when making up our minds about others.
Due to how we observe the dynamic between humans & dogs, to some it could be plausible that the same idea could be applied to canines; & yes, what a dog experiences has shown to be significant.
A dog that has been pre-trained in quick movements prefer to be with those that like to be around others than those that like to be left alone, but average canines won’t be partial when given that choice. So, if left to their own demise, dogs aren’t going to show assesments that could be seen as comparable to ours.
While actions done by people are looked on by canines, they still have to be pre-drilled in a certain way for that to happen. It also seems to shed more light into what people thought about how a dog’s mindset is shaped by its experience it not what it’s cracked up to be, since when evaluating interactions, dogs don’t inherently take the initiative in choosing, but seemingly keep wanting to get clues from their handler.
If not provided with one, more often than not, canines won’t choose either way.
Still, knowing the process into how dogs are shown to execute certain acts should become easier the more we understand canine cognition, to aid humans into that type of teaching, especially for service dogs.
All in all, service dogs are more efficiently taught the more a dog’s mindset is known. Besides being now able to know how to help do laundry, it’s now a fact that there are now dogs trained to detect covid-19 on people with accuracy as high as 93%.
Of the $100 billion Americans spent last year in pets, probably half of that was used on dogs (“& the rest was embezzled, then gambled away-by cats” [joke;-]).
Over a hundred years ago, on an agricultural-based economy, dogs were a staple of barn life. While helping at the farm, rounding the sheep, catching prey & searching for it, it was still seen at the same utilitarian level as any other beast of burden or provider of milk, & same corresponding level of connectedness with its immediate human group unit.
When being in the suburbs became a thing (a few years after WWII), a dog’s place changed accordingly, to the patio on the back.
& when the ‘60s decade also brought along collars with anti-flea, that’s when canines found space in the family bed. From an outsider’s existence, doggie’s now a “full member in good standing”.