Tag Archives: dog learning

Doggie See, Doggie Do

Posted on: June 11, 2014 - No Comments

Do you ever feel like your dog is a copycat? A new study shows that dogs can imitate human behavior for up to ten minutes after it has happened. Prior to this study, only apes and humans had been shown to demonstrate this ability, one that requires a high degree of cognition. The researchers were Read More

Can Your Puppy Follow Your Voice to Food?

Posted on: May 13, 2014 - No Comments

While past studies have shown that a dog is able to follow a pointed finger or a person's gaze in order to find food, new research is showing that their abilities don't stop there. The research shows that dogs, particularly puppies, are adept in following the direction of a person's voice in order to find Read More

How Does Your Dog’s Attention Change Over Time?

Posted on: April 7, 2014 - No Comments

More than any other species, dogs have evolved to understand humans and to cope in our domestic environment. Researchers out of the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna have been the first to study the evolution of a dog's attentiveness over the course of their lives, and to investigate to what extent these changes in Read More

Head Tilting: Why Does My Dog Do That?

Posted on: December 18, 2013 - 49 Comments

We've all seen the adorable head tilt that dogs do when we talk to them. The way they cock their head to the side makes it seem almost as though they are trying to understand the meaning of the words we're speaking to them. It's cute and endearing, but is it even more than that? Read More

Can Wolves Learn From People?

Posted on: December 13, 2013 - 2 Comments

Is a dog's incredible ability to watch and learn from our verbal and visual cues unique to its species? One group of researchers has found evidence suggesting otherwise. Friederike Range and Zsófia Virányi of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna conducted a study to find out whether wolves are able to learn from humans the Read More

The Dog Who Has Learned a Thousand Words

Posted on: November 7, 2013 - 1 Comment

9-year-old border collie "Chaser" may know more words than the average toddler. Chaser has a profound conceptual understanding of words and the meaning behind them. Even with more than a thousand words under her belt, Chaser and her owner, emeritus professor of psychology John W. Pilley, haven't stopped there.

Let Your Dog Think

Posted on: November 4, 2010 - 18 Comments

I’m baffled sometimes by the fact that we don’t let our dogs “think.”  If it rings true that whatever our dogs are allowed to practice that that is what they will get good at, why don’t we let them practice “thinking!” It is a concept that I always try and instill in my students, but Read More

Setting Dogs Up for Successful Learning

Posted on: August 19, 2010 - 9 Comments

I am always on the hunt for good life similarities to dog training.  This week I stumbled upon more as my son is wrapping up his first week at kindergarten.  At his orientation last week prior to the first day of school, we were walked through some simple ways to help our children develop a Read More

The Importance of Not Being Wrong…

Posted on: January 14, 2010 - 2 Comments

Recently I took part in a research project, and one of the 'tests' we had to do prompted me to think about the feelings, emotions and reactions surrounding finding out that you are wrong, especially when you were convinced you were right. To explain a little further, the test was the Wisconsin Card Sorting test Read More