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

  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},
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

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.

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.



Free-ranging dogs understand human intentions and adjust their behavioral responses accordingly

It is suggested that free-ranging dogs demonstrate behavioral plasticity on interacting with humans; which provides significant insights into the establishment of the dog-human relationship on streets.

Comprehension of human pointing gestures in young human-reared wolves (Canis lupus) and dogs (Canis familiaris)

Wolves can reach the level of dogs in their success of following momentary distal pointing in parallel with improving their readiness to form eye-contact with a human experimenter during several months of formal training.

Free-ranging dogs prefer petting over food in repeated interactions with unfamiliar humans

Free-ranging dogs are generally aversive towards making direct human contact for food, but Interestingly, they show enhanced interactions with humans who provide them with positive social contact, which suggests that these dogs tend to build trust based on affection, not food.

Pointing following in dogs: are simple or complex cognitive mechanisms involved?

The hypothesis about the important role of associative learning in interspecific communication mechanisms of domestic dogs is supported by the findings of two studies using an object choice task.

Explaining Dog Wolf Differences in Utilizing Human Pointing Gestures: Selection for Synergistic Shifts in the Development of Some Social Skills

Evidence is provided for the first time that socialised adult wolves are as successful in relying on distal momentary pointing as adult pet dogs, however, the delayed emergence of utilising human distal Momentary pointing in wolves shows that these wild canines react to a lesser degree to intensive socialisation in contrast to dogs, which are able to control agonistic behaviours and inhibition of actions in a food related task early in development.

Comprehension of human communicative signs in pet dogs (Canis familiaris).

The hypothesis is that dogs spend more time in close contact with humans than apes do, and as a result dogs are probably more experienced in the recognition of human gestures.