Imitation is the biggest form of flattery—at least among humans. Dogs don’t have stuff humans have like a mouth that is built to create speech, and thumbs. However, a new study proves that certain breeds actually are capable of emulating the actions of their owners. We know it sounds crazy, keep reading!
Scientist from the University of Vienna gathered a group of ten different dog breeds. They taught each dog how to open a sliding door in two different ways: by pawing at the door, and then by pushing up or down with their head.
Next, each dog watched his or her owner open the sliding door by using his hand or his head. The pups were then divided into two groups. The first group was given a treat for opening the door in the same method their owner did, and the second group was rewarded for opening the door in the opposite way.
Regardless of what tasty treat the dogs knew they could earn, each automatically imitated his owner’s method of opening the door! It’s thought these results could explain who some dogs are partial to not-so-typical dog activities such as skateboarding or surfing. It’s actually really cool when you think about it.
Have you ever caught your dog copying you? What cool trick do you think your pup might be able to learn just by observing you? Sound off in the comments below!