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Dogs understand human perspective, say researchers

Juliane Kaminski
Juliane Kaminski carried out the research into how dogs are influenced by human circumstances

Dogs are more capable of understanding situations from a human’s point of view than has previously been recognised, according to researchers. They found dogs were four times more likely to steal food they had been forbidden, when lights were turned off so humans in the room could not see. This suggested the dogs were able to alter their behaviour when they knew their owners’ perspective had changed. The study, published in Animal Cognition, conducted tests on 84 dogs. More . . . 


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