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Do dogs miss us when we leave? A “talking” dog offers insight.


Any dog ​​owner knows how difficult it is to leave their child for a long time. We wonder: do they remember us when we leave? Do they know how long we have been gone? Or worse, do they think we’ve let them go?

On their return, humans are greeted enthusiastically by their own dogs – and as many people say when we go, they recognize our absence, and mourn it. However, it is difficult to know what is really going on in the dog’s brain – maybe they just lose the food we give them. – Partly because we can’t really communicate with them.

Well, most of them. Alexis Devine Bunny is the human parent of the “talking” dog. Bunny, a sheep doodle, is trained to communicate using a sound board with large buttons attached to different words. By pressing them in order, Bani can relay basic sentences and emotions – for example “Bani Adas” or “Jahan Maa”. Although there is debate about the extent to which she understands language, most animal behavior researchers and the general public alike agree that she is communicating positively and that she seems to be She begins to understand what she says and hears. Devine shared “talking” videos on Bunny. Social media accounts, Giving the internet a glimpse of what it’s like to have a comfortable conversation with Fedo.

Recently, the beloved Shepdodl has been about himself in the absence of people and animals in his life. And to answer the question about animals when they go: if they’re like bunnies, it seems like yes, they’re very curious about where we go when we go. Are

Devine recently filmed Bunny asking questions about Uni, Devine’s lost cat who has been gone for about four months. As Devine told the salon, before Uni’s absence, Bunny didn’t talk much about Uni.

Devine said: “It was probably two months before he went missing that he finally used the ‘Uniform Together’ button, which was a huge success because of such a weak and challenging relationship between them. Were. ” “And then, last week, it was just heartbreaking, he pressed ‘Billy Bye’, and I just burst into tears. My little heart couldn’t handle it.”

This is not the first time that the beasts appear to be wondering about one or another animal when they are gone. A few months ago, Devine’s partner Johnny was at work. “Where is Baba?” Bani asked.

Johnny worked from home last year due to epidemics, Devine said. He is a high school teacher, and he has finally returned to teach in person.

“The first week when he came back to school in class, Bunny was asking a lot about Johnny, ‘Where’s Dad?’ “Where’s Daddy?” “For many days, for days in a row,” Devine said.

Bunny, which has 7.1 million followers. Tick ​​tock, One in about 2, 2,600 dogs and 300 cats. Project Called That’s Ken Talk.. The purpose of the study is to understand whether animals can communicate with humans through augmentation and alternative communication (AAC) devices. AAC systems, such as Bunny’s giant labeled buttons that speak a word when pressed. Originally designed. To help humans with communication impairments. Recently, they have been adapted for use in language experiments with animals.

Of course, as Salon has previously reported, it is not clear (scientifically) whether Bunny has been trained to use specific buttons on his AAC device, with the sound board made of buttons having different words on each. Recorded with, or if its communications are actually unstructured through it, Bani appears. To report your dreams., Ask existential questions, And now answer one of the most frequently asked questions among dog owners: Do they remember us when we leave?

Federico Rosano, director of the Comparative Cognitive Lab at UC San Diego, said that in the case of Bunny, it was certainly possible that Bunny was missing Uni and Johnny.


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“Most social animals living in small groups or packs know someone is missing,” Rozano said. “It’s very clear that a mother keeps track of her children and is going to get back what has gone too far.”

Rosano added that in a pack of wolves, a person can scream when it is separated from the pack. It’s a way of saying, “We’re here,” Rosano explained.

“Dogs form close relationships with the animals with which they live (human and non-human) which would be comparable to the formation of a pack (although it is not clear how important classification is like wolves).” Rosano said. “So Bunny’s attitude in these videos makes perfect sense.”

But of course, scientific studies are still pending. To date, many people have not experienced this correct assumption.

Despite this, there have been many studies that show that dogs love their humans. For one, neuroscientist Gregory Burns trained about 90 dogs to perform magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans on their brains. In one of his studies, he gave dogs five different scents – their own scent, a familiar man, a strange man, a familiar dog, and a strange dog. The researchers found that the area of ​​the brain associated with positive rewards, the cadet nucleus, is most active with the scent of the person they know. The study was published in the journal. Behavior In 2014.

In 2011, Two Swedish researchers Thrace Raine and Linda Kelling conducted a scientific study on 12 dogs to find out how they behaved before, during and after the owner’s absence. They found that when an owner left for two hours, the dogs had to walk and lick their faces longer than they did for 30 minutes. However, after two hours, not much difference was observed in the dog’s behavior, suggesting that the dog’s time may fade after two hours.

Rosano insisted that, while the study is often called, it involved only 12 dogs. There is room for answers to some of the big questions about how dogs understand whether or not animals have left their packs, and to what extent they remember them.

“Much research is needed to confirm this finding. There is also a series of clear confusions that any future study will need to address,” Rosano said. “In fact, it’s possible that after two hours, the urge to get too much food or go out of the house or play with a person is due.”

In other words, Rosano said, “It’s not like I know you’ve been gone for a long time and that’s why I’m good for you. [but] Rather, I (the dog) am feeling hungry now, or need to urinate or I am bored and so I am trying to engage with you, and if enough time has passed, it States can access dogs freely. The man is gone. ”

In fact, it is difficult to study what is going on in a dog’s brain because we cannot communicate with him. But it is also part of the study that is part of the hopes that will eventually be fulfilled.

“If dogs can tell us how long humans have been gone, it will help us to clearly understand the representation of their time and the formation of their memories,” Rosano said. “That’s why we’re very interested in examining how training dogs to use buttons and soundboards can lead to new patterns and results in dog perception.”

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