While you may think to have become an expert at ordering your dog around, not too many stop to ponder if canines get what we’re actually telling them.
Caretakers of domesticated animals may be prone to make assumptions about a pooch’s understanding of the simple dog training commands (heel, sit, etc). Some may even go as far as to try making their dog responsible for making them gain notoriety on social media platforms like IG.
But what do we know? Now, a scientific study approach method has been ingeniously designed. It aims to know for sure which commands a dog would comprehend as we know that to mean. It then differentiates for those pups really don’t.
That canines are teachable when it comes to tricks, logically leads to conclude dogs able to at least show their understanding of the difference between verbal & non-verbal cues. Though in the aforementioned research, the aim was to determine a brain’s pathway upon hearing the command of its human owner.
It was shown that while dogs don’t treat language in quite the same way as we do, using words is validated as making a difference in a canine’s ensuing action. Still, their meaning of the words we’d tell them has never been seen to be at the same level we get them to be.
To find out about it, a variation of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a key tool. Called fMRI, it makes it easier to analyze possible associations between a dog’s decisional ability when listening to a command. It sort of fleshes out brain pathways & the ensuing perception that may be underlying them.
It should go without stating that the type of fMRI used is that on the ‘awake mode’. Come back & find out with us exactly what goes into making this happen.