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  • Con Slobodchikoff, Ph.D.
    Slobodchikoff is President and CEO of Animal Communications, Ltd., specializing in pet behavior problems and in educating people about the behavior of animals.
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November 07, 2009


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Dogs are extremely clever, more so than they are given credit for


Very amazing but definitely true. I believe that dogs can really understand like humans do, they just don't have the ability to speak.

  Randall Johnson

It's encouraging to see two more peer-reviewed papers being added to the expanding literature on the cognitive abilities of dogs (and, by extension, other animal species). As I read this post, I was reminded of a comment made by renowned neuroanatomist, Dr. Peter S. Morgane, back in the early 1970s: "I think all animals think. But that again becomes a matter of definition. Some people who would want to put animals into a separate category feel they think, but not on the level of humans. But man is pretty egocentric about these things. He doesn't think anything corresponds to or thinks like him, and that's probably true. That doesn't make them a lower form necessarily." It seems he wasn't too concerned about being accused of anthropomorphism by making such a remark way back then and, as I see it, today's animal behavior researchers need to stop worrying so much about this 'accusation' being applied to their investigations. Much of the work that has been done since Dr. Morgane made the above statement supports the premise that many kinds of animals think and experience a varying range of emotions.

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