The intelligence of dogs is a topic that has been discussed for a long time and is gaining more and more ground around the world, since the behavior of these smart animals rewards us with great and daily indications about the level that their thinking can reach and understand.
Accustomed to the day-to-day attitudes that offer evidence of dogs intelligence, the owners of pets of this species are the first to defend and emphasize the great capacity of understanding and even of communication of the dogs; which can already be proved by a series of specific studies carried out to prove, precisely, this ability (as in the research carried out by Alexandre Rossi - Dr. Pet - with the little dog Sofia, which you can check by accessing the link).
With that in mind, here are some of the behaviors considered to be among the greatest signs of dog intelligence, and understand why dogs can be much smarter than most people realize:
- Dogs can learn words
With the right training, dogs can learn the meaning of specific words by very logical deduction processes, which are very similar to the way that many children start to assimilate new words in their vocabularies. Recognized Intelligent breeds like the Border Collie, for example, can learn more than a thousand commands with the training.
- Dogs understand people's body language
Very rare among animals in general, the understanding of human body language is something easily done by dogs - which has an absurdly high capacity to identify, for example, where a person is looking or where he is pointing the finger.
- Dogs make friends and keep them
Contrary to what happens in other groups of animals, in the dog world, the leader is not the one who has more children or is most feared; but, yes, the one who has the most friends - since, the more 'dear', the greater the chances of having 'followers'.
Dogs know how to communicate with people
The different barks and growls of dogs serve to indicate and communicate different feelings and desires, and only a very small portion of this type of canine communication can be considered to come from wolves - the habit of barking, therefore, something more developed due to domestication. of the animal (which usually manages to make itself understood by its tutors).
- Dogs know how to trick their guardians
Research carried out at the University of Vienna, Austria, concluded that dogs tend to be less obedient when away from their owners or when tutors are distracted by something (whether due to work, television or reading) . According to the study, the animal knows well when it is being observed, and its behavior varies according to the situation in which it finds itself.
- Dogs feel empathy
Although there is still no concrete evidence or confirmed by specific studies, there are already many indications that dogs also have a feeling of empathy. According to observations, when there is a fight between two dogs, for example, in 50% of the cases a third animal approaches the loser of the fight (even if it did not follow the fight happening); since, according to the analysis, the dog can identify a behavior that indicates ‘defeat’ in another animal of the same species, looking for a way to comfort him.