Free-ranging dogs are capable of comprehending complex human pointing cues

@article{Bhattacharjee2019FreerangingDA,
  title={Free-ranging dogs are capable of comprehending complex human pointing cues},
  author={Debottam Bhattacharjee and Sarab Mandal and Piuli Shit and Mebin George Varghese and Aayushi Vishnoi and Anindita Bhadra},
  journal={bioRxiv},
  year={2019}
}
Dogs are the most common species to be found as pets and have been subjects of human curiosity leading to extensive research on their socialization with humans. One of the dominant themes in dog cognition pertains to their capacity of understanding and responding to human referential gestures. The remarkable socio-cognitive skills of pet dogs, while interacting with humans, is quite well established. However, studies regarding the free-ranging subpopulations are greatly lacking. Free-ranging… 
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Free-Ranging Dogs Are Capable of Utilizing Complex Human Pointing Cues

TLDR
For the first time, adult free-ranging dogs are tested to understand their ability to follow relatively complex human referential gestures using dynamic and momentary distal pointing cues and it is found that free- ranging dogs follow distal cues more accurately compared to proximal cue.

The effects of distance on pointing comprehension in shelter dogs.

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It is argued that the only point type that likely relies on communicative mechanisms is when the objects are close together, but the point is distant the condition in which dogs are least successful, and that a non-communicative mechanism by which shelter dogs and other animals may successfully respond when the object and gestures are distant is suggested.

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