Thursday, November 21, 2002

DOGS UNDERSTAND US BETTER

Studies Seek Origin of Domestic Dogs
By KARL RITTER, Associated Press Writer

...According to that project, researchers in the United States and Germany said dogs were much better than wolves and chimpanzees in finding food hidden in one of two containers using social cues from humans.

In tests, people reached toward, gazed at or marked a food container with a wooden block. The dogs — even puppies — outperformed the other animals, indicating the domestication process had made them more skilled at understanding human communication, the study said.