You may never have to go to a fortuneteller again. Even though your dog isn’t quite psychic, he can read your mind. A new study conducted by University of Florida researchers found that canines use subtle clues to predict the actions of people, according to the Gainesville Sun.
Dogs --shelter and domesticated-- and tamed wolves were observed to figure out if the ability to pick up on subtle clues is genetic or gained through domestication. The dogs and wolves had to choose to beg for food from a person facing them or an experimenter whose face was blocked by a book or bucket.
Researchers found that both dogs and wolves were more likely to beg from experimenters who were facing them than those with their backs turned or their faces blocked. That suggests canines and wolves can determine how people are behaving, independent of whether they've been domesticated.
UF researcher, Monique Udell, said the research shows why dog owners have such a special relationship with their pets.
For more information on pet and owner psychic relationships, check out Petside’s article, Do Pets Have a Sixth Sense.
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