Stray dogs can better understand human gestures: Study
By migrator | Sat, 18 Jan 2020
NATIONAL | Jan 18, 2020 (IANS):
Researchers have found that untrained stray dogs have the natural ability to understand human gestures and respond to some cues better than the others.
The study, published in the journal Frontiers, revealed that about 80 per cent of participating dogs successfully followed pointing gestures to a specific location despite having never received prior training.
The results suggest that dogs can understand complex gestures by simply watching humans and this could have implications in reducing conflict between stray dogs and humans.
"We thought it was quite amazing that the dogs could follow a gesture as abstract as momentary pointing," said study researcher Anindita Bhadra from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata in India.
"This means that they closely observe the human, whom they are meeting for the first time, and they use their understanding of humans to make a decision. This shows their intelligence and adaptability," Bhadra added.