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What Is Your Dog Thinking?


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#1    Karlis

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:09 AM

When your dog gazes up at you adoringly, what does it see? A best friend? A pack leader? A can opener? Many dog lovers make all kinds of inferences about how their pets feel about them, but no one has captured images of actual canine thought processes -- until now. ...

The researchers aim to decode the mental processes of dogs by recording which areas of their brains are activated by various stimuli. Ultimately, they hope to get at questions like: Do dogs have empathy? Do they know when their owners are happy or sad? How much language do they really understand? ... (snip) ...
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:35 AM

Didn't know my dog was capable of thinking...at least not coherently...

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:36 AM

dogs like humping my legs. i know what their thinking. lol


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Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:49 AM

View PostInsightful Waffles, on 05 May 2012 - 10:36 AM, said:

dogs like humping my legs. i know what their thinking. lol

Maybe not. Dogs will quite often hump another that they consider to be of a lower social rank. Mounting and humping isn't always sexual in 'dog speak'. Dogs have a 'language' comprised mostly of body language.

I think these researchers would be well served to consult a dog whisperer if they want to go beyond seeing what area of the brain acitivates when a dog does a conditioned behaviour. I think this study is rather self-limiting, but certainly interesting. IMO, one has to go beyond brain scans to figure out what dogs are really thinking... one has to learn how to read their body language.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 11:13 AM

View PostLilly, on 05 May 2012 - 10:49 AM, said:

Maybe not. Dogs will quite often hump another that they consider to be of a lower social rank. Mounting and humping isn't always sexual in 'dog speak'. Dogs have a 'language' comprised mostly of body language.


Correct, it is a test on how far he can drive you. Mounting and humping is a typical dominance expression, who is on top is the boss.

Now, you want to make sure your dog keeps discipline? Snarl at him/her when he/she tries.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 12:45 PM

Can't wait till they try this on cats, we can finally find out which part of their brain lights up when they're giving you that special "that silly looking bi-ped is so hard to train " look :w00t:  .

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 02:13 PM

I don't think I want to know what my dog is thinking. Except when it comes to finding slugs and lizards part of her food options. The vet says the slugs won't hurt her but I don't care. That's just NASTY!

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 12:18 AM

Seems like dogs are always constantly thinking about food. Some humans are that way too, come to think of it.

Hell, I'm thinking about food right now.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 05:10 AM

Thinking?  I would love to know what's going through our fuzzy bonehead's mind when he's asleep.  He obviously has the most incredible dreams...little barks, long low growls, legs moving rapidly.  He's more entertaining when he's asleep than when he's awake.

I think he dreams of giant catsquirrels, but I don't know whether he's hunter or prey.  LOL :lol:

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 05:34 AM

View PostlibstaK, on 05 May 2012 - 12:45 PM, said:

Can't wait till they try this on cats, we can finally find out which part of their brain lights up when they're giving you that special "that silly looking bi-ped is so hard to train " look :w00t:  .

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that thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods.  Cats have never forgotten this. :tu:

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 05:41 AM

Will this study eventually lead to testing tea partier?

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 08:39 AM

I know my dogs wish I knew what they are thinking. And I do too sometimes.They try so hard to tell me. And I have to use process of elimination: Water bowl empty?  Bed blanket on floor? Cat stalking her? Ball under couch? Sister in her bed? Family member eating in their room and she wants to join them? Scratch my back? Exhausting :P ...but of course worth it :tu:

Edited by QuiteContrary, 06 May 2012 - 08:39 AM.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 10:19 AM

View PostQuiteContrary, on 06 May 2012 - 08:39 AM, said:

I know my dogs wish I knew what they are thinking. And I do too sometimes.They try so hard to tell me....

Dogs read us better than we can read them. Everytime you know *something* is up with one of your dogs very carefully note his/her body posture, tail and ear placement,  movement, and type of barking. Barking can be frantic or measured, loud or soft, consist of growls or woofs. You might even write down your observations. Eventually, you will find yourself able to figure out situations with uncanny accuracy.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 10:28 AM

View PostParacelse, on 06 May 2012 - 05:41 AM, said:

Will this study eventually lead to testing tea partier?
Let's not test the equipment beyond it's capabilities - it's expensive to replace and them tea partiers don't want to pay the taxes to do it.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 04:58 PM

View PostlibstaK, on 06 May 2012 - 10:28 AM, said:

Let's not test the equipment beyond it's capabilities - it's expensive to replace and them tea partiers don't want to pay the taxes to do it.

My bad

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