Puppies Understand You Even at a Young Age, Most Adorable Study of the Year Confirms

Puppies Understand You Even at a Young Age, Most Adorable Study of the Year Confirms

Full TranscriptKaren Hopkin: Dogs and their people. Karen Hopkin: Well, to some degree they can—even when they’re young—because a new study shows that puppies are able to track human social cues at just eight weeks of age, before they’ve really spent much time with people. Karen Hopkin: Emily Bray is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Arizona and the Canine Companions for Independence. The pups participated in a handful of cognitive tests designed to assess dogs’ social smarts. In the largest sample to date, we show that puppies will reciprocate human social gaze and can successfully use information given by a human in a social context from a very young age.

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