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    Video of a dog doing the Imitation Experiment:

    An Answer from Dr. Adam Miklosi:

    Are dogs able to imitate the action of others?

    In 2006 we published the first scientific study on imitation in dogs (Topál et al 2006). This was followed by some debate whether one can really speak about ‘imitation’ in this situation. We defined imitation as the ability to perform a functionally analogue behaviour after seeing in done by others (humans or dogs).

    We believe that dogs, as a social species, are able to imitate an action shown by others but it is very difficult to provide a clear evidence for this under controlled experimental conditions. Our procedure was the first to provide strong evidence, despite the fact that dog trainers or people working with dogs (e.g. shepherds) probably relied on this ability already many 100 years ago. Given the assumption that dogs have the ability…

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    Anonymous commented  · 

    An interesting article. I have a principal doubt:

    This type of training based on observation, is not a bit limited in its functionality?
    There are many behaviors that we are not able to perform to serve as a model for the dog.

    Hope you can answer me
    Thank you.

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