“Beasts of science” is like a collection of stories. Beautiful stories that tell the living in all its newness. But also in all its complexity. A parenthesis to marvel at the riches of the world. For this new episode, let’s go back to the one that is most definitely closest to us: the dog.
We have never seen a child rub the legs of a chair or cut on a couch. Nothing at all? In any case, we’ve already seen a greedy kid throwing himself a cake on the table. But usually before he learns. Imagine that, in your dog’s head, it happens a little bit like what would also happen to your child in such a situation.
That’s ten thousand years, which they do more than be with us, it seems! According to the researchers, dogs take their symptoms from us, from our children. Thus they developed , mental functions that reflect ourselves. To ensure accommodation and board. By forging with us, a very special relationship that other animals, regardless of their level never successfully established.
But what are these particular mental functions? Researchers call them executive functions. They relate to detailed thought processes involving logic, planning or reasoning. These processes are driven by situations that require reflection, creativity. Flexibility too. To adapt to new circumstances. In humans, developed executive functions are associated with success. School or professional.
All dogs can learn
In dogs, the researchers identified six components of these executive functions: behavioral flexibility, attention to people,motor skills, following instruction, delay prevention and . Ingredients that dogs know how to execute in the same way as children. On their own in some cases. With a little help from others. That way they can restrain themselves from barking when there is a visitor. But also to obey a command given by their people or to remember some daily routine. In those “little thing” that they are likely to be combined to adapt to our environment. Because the dog that dares to attack his man or steal food from him has little chance of continuing to be hospitable in the house.
And you might not be surprised to learn that working dogs, those who keep sheep on farms or those who help people with disabilities, are somehow champions of the executive function. For them, more than a simple lap dog, it is unimaginable to indulge in chasing a cat orwhile their man relies on them to perform daily tasks.
You should also know that the researchers promise that, for our children, everything will eventually. A little bit of good education and you can improve the executive functions of your four -legged friend. And yet another proof of the closeness that our best friend has created over the millennia. Also a proof that the dog is never a fool!