- Dogs are known to learn tricks and certain behavior
- However, recent study shows that dogs have episodic memories too
- It is best to treat dogs well because they may remember what you did in the future
If you think that dogs have short memory, think again. A recent study just proved that dogs have the amazing ability to recall past experiences.
According to Current Biology, dogs have episodic memory, or the ability to mentally travel back in time and recall events and details from the past.
While science only previously proved that humans and monkeys have this ability, new studies show that dogs also have that ability.
While it may not be as complicated as asking that what they ate in the morning, dogs were found to be able to remember certain actions and behaviors that they did in the past.
In the study, a trainer taught dogs a certain behavior. For example, the dog would be taught to get the newspaper.
Later on, the trainer would say “Do it’ and the dogs would repeat the action without any reward.
Claudia Fugazza, who works at the largest dog research outfits called MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology research Group in Budapest, Hungary, said that "Dogs trained with this method can imitate their owners' actions even after a delay of 24 hours."
However, the study shows that after 24 hours, the dog’s memory starts to wane.
Scientists agree with the research, saying that dogs are social animals and therefore should remember events.
This discovery is exciting, as it suggests that perhaps other animals have the same ability as well.
But this also shows that you have to treat your dogs well. If you hurt them or abuse them, they will remember what you did to them and may attack you in the future.
Its better to always take care of dogs.