Reproducing human actions and action sequences: “Do as I Do!” in a dog

  title={Reproducing human actions and action sequences: “Do as I Do!” in a dog},
  author={J{\'o}zsef Top{\'a}l and Richard W. Byrne and Ad{\'a}m Mikl{\'o}si and V. Cs{\'a}nyi},
  journal={Animal Cognition},
We present evidence that a dog (Philip, a 4-year-old tervueren) was able to use different human actions as samples against which to match his own behaviour. First, Philip was trained to repeat nine human-demonstrated actions on command (‘Do it!’). When his performance was markedly over chance in response to demonstration by one person, testing with untrained action sequences and other demonstrators showed some ability to generalise his understanding of copying. In a second study, we presented… CONTINUE READING

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