Cues to food location that domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) of different ages do and do not use

  title={Cues to food location that domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) of different ages do and do not use},
  author={Bryan Agnetta and Brian A. Hare and Michael Tomasello},
  journal={Animal Cognition},
Abstract The results of three experiments are reported. In the main study, a human experimenter presented domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) with a variety of social cues intended to indicate the location of hidden food. The novel findings of this study were: (1) dogs were able to use successfully several totally novel cues in which they watched a human place a marker in front of the target location; (2) dogs were unable to use the marker by itself with no behavioral cues (suggesting that some… 
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