For our followers who are dog behaviour geeks: This study reports on a dog's eagerness to copy causally irrelevant actions.
"Dogs have not only been domesticated to live and work with us, but many companion dogs develop strong affiliative relationships with their caregiver, which are akin to the attachment bonds between human children and their mother. We therefore assumed that overimitation in dogs might be strongly motivated by social factors, such as affiliation or conformity." ... See MoreSee Less
Dogs have not only shown different kinds of social learning, from either conspecifics or humans, including do-as-I-do imitation, deferred imitation, and selective imitation, but in two previous studies they have also shown an eagerness to copy causally irrelevant actions. This so-called overimitatio...
I'd like to see the same study done but with two groups of dogs, some very well trained from an owner that is synced to the dog extraordinarily and say a everyman dog that has basic training with owners that do the neccesary. Split between the examinator and the owner.
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