Human-like social skills in dogs?

@article{Hare2005HumanlikeSS,
  title={Human-like social skills in dogs?},
  author={Brian A. Hare and Michael Tomasello},
  journal={Trends in Cognitive Sciences},
  year={2005},
  volume={9},
  pages={439-444}
}
  • B. Hare, M. Tomasello
  • Published 1 September 2005
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Domestic dogs are unusually skilled at reading human social and communicative behavior--even more so than our nearest primate relatives. For example, they use human social and communicative behavior (e.g. a pointing gesture) to find hidden food, and they know what the human can and cannot see in various situations. Recent comparisons between canid species suggest that these unusual social skills have a heritable component and initially evolved during domestication as a result of selection on… 
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