There were also various other tasks looked at in the journal of Learning & Behaviour, such as releasing food with a string and being able to recognise human faces.
Some days, they would have a bite of chicken sandwiches, which he used to bring from his office canteen, on others, it was dog food. Now, out of the furries he befriended, two were his favourites – a female dog with white fur and a male with brown fur.
The otherwise happy Charlie, lost interest in everything—his eating habits changed, he hardly bothered to go out for a walk and looked forlorn most of the times. Just like humans, the eating habits of dogs change when they get depressed.
"In addition, the fact that parents of the children who were in the CAI group reported significantly fewer problem behaviours over time than those treated without therapy dogs is further evidence of the importance of this research," Schuck added.
But aggression can be prevented if you start early socialisation and basic obedience training for your dog. • Dominance: Normally displayed towards other dogs, your pooch might become aggressive towards humans if he views them as part of his pack.
They can be very stressful for many, who spend their time actively avoiding dog contact or even showing aggression.Only dogs who enjoy the company of other dogs should be taken to parks — and even then human supervision at all times is needed (it is never OK to leave them while you get a coffee).Dr Julie Ashton and her dog Loulou.Source:Supplied4.
Picture: ThinkstockSource:ThinkStock“I believe the absolute number of neurons an animal has, especially in the cerebral cortex, determines the richness of their internal mental state and their ability to predict what is about to happen in their environment based on past experience,” neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel from Vanderbilt University says.Dogs had the most neurons of any carnivore — even though they didn’t have the biggest brains.