January 10, 2012

"Reading body language, dogs are like infants"

The NYT reports:
They presented dogs with two videos. In the first, a woman says, “Hi, dog,” while looking straight at the camera. The woman then turns her head toward a container. The dog follows her gaze.However, when the woman is looking down, rather than at the camera, as she says, “Hi, dog,” the dog does not follow her subsequent gaze.
Really, how can anyone be surprised by that? Dogs don't speak English, they don't care about the language that we use with them. They care about tone and stance and body language. Gary Larson captured this beautifully in his Ginger cartoon:

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