What do you like best about Doggy’s Puppy? His sweet yawn or when he licks your nose or something else? Or it may be that his stare in your eyes means that he knows what you are thinking at that time. Whatever may be these, but one thing is certain that the puppies are ready to communicate with you soon after their birth.
This is stated by Emily Bray, a post-doctoral research associate at the Arizona Canine Cognition Center at the University of Arizona School of Anthropology. He said that the puppies will gaze at any person from the very beginning and will react to any gesture from his side. Bray has been studying guide dog development for the past decade in collaboration with Canine Companions, a non-profit organization that provides dogs at no charge to adults, children, and the elderly with physical or cognitive disabilities.
In the study published in ‘Current Biology’, it was told that Bray and his team studied 385 puppies who were about 8 weeks old. During this, some of his tasks were given – such as making eye contact with researchers and following the hand gestures of the researchers and reacting to the object inside two cups placed at a distance of four feet.
Bray said that we know that adult dogs are better for these tasks. But when do they start getting ready for all these things? He said that puppies are very adept at understanding people’s gestures from the beginning and there is no evidence that they need any training to be taught those things.
Bray said that more than 40% of the variation in a puppy’s ability to follow a man’s finger gestures or eye-following could be explained by the genes they inherited.