Features October 2010 Issue

It’s Not Your Imagination: Dogs Do Mimic Their Owners

Does your dog copy you?

It’s Not Your Imagination: Dogs Do Mimic Their Owners

Science finally confirms what many dog owners have known!

Behavioral scientists have long questioned whether dogs are capable of mimicking each other or people. A recent study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences has shown that dogs are not only capable of mimicking their owners, they do so automatically. In fact, their drive to copy our head and hand (paw) movements is so strong that they tend to do so even when it is not in their best interests.

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