Dog show: Pet pooches play more when humans are watching

Washington (AFP) – Pet dogs are far more likely to play with one another when their owner is present and being attentive, according to a new study, raising the intriguing possibility that they are putting on a show for our benefit. That our canine companions are keenly attuned to the level of interest humans are showing them is well established, Lindsay Mehrkam, an animal behaviorist and lead author of the paper that appeared in Animal Cognition, told AFP Tuesday. “But we weren’t aware of any research that has really shown the effect of a human audience impacting species typical behavior, in t…

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