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  • Feb
Article by John Burns
Posted in Pet health and Nutrition

Do dogs really understand us?

A study published by Hungarian researchers in the journal Current Biology suggests that the brains of dogs react to sounds in the same way as humans.  The dogs were trained to lie still in an MRI scanner which detected that the parts of the brain which reacted to voices were the same in dogs as humans.  This is known to happen in primates but is the first time it’s been found in dogs. An interesting finding but I don’t think it means that our dogs really understand every word we say.  What does make sense is that dogs would have a heightened appreciation of what humans think and want.  That would come about because humans would select and breed from dogs which are more highly attuned to our needs. Another example of how dogs have become adapted to being domesticated. (BARFERs please note!) 


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