DailyDirt: Man's Best Friends

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Dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years, and there’s been some speculation that humans and dogs have co-evolved to some extent. So it would be nice to understand our domesticated friends a bit better, and technology could help us out. We’ve seen products like Bowlingual for translating dog barks into human languages, and here are just a few more interesting links on human-dog relationships.

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Wally (profile) says:

“Researchers are using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to try to understand what dogs are thinking. Two dogs have been trained to stand completely still while their brains are scanned, and one of the dogs is a squirrel-hunting dog — so maybe these neuroscientists will be able to see what part of a dog’s brain activates when someone says, “Squirrel!”

This has to be a miniature schnauzer!!! My grandparents inlaw have one named Goliath and he will go straight to the back sliding glass door when he hears that word 🙂

Anonymous Coward says:


“trying to be still” … “trying to be still”… “why??”…. “trying to be still”.. SQUIRREL… SHUTUP… trying to be still…

Dogs dont tend to think all that much, not that they are not very smart, but they dont analyse, or ponder things, they function more like a computer, they are ‘programmed’, they react to events by reacting the way they have learned to react.

a great deal of research has gone and in going into dog behaviour, much is known and it’s a very interesting subject.

it is clear that humans would not have progressed at this rate (or possibly at all) without the assistance of the dog.

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