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It’s often said that dog owners begin to look like their pets after years spent together. 

But a new study suggests that this transformation actually goes both ways, with dogs able to copy humans. 

Researchers from Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest found that dogs can imitate humans – even over video calls. 

The team trained two dogs to imitate human actions, including spinning in a circle, knocking over a bottle, and even walking backwards. 

‘This innovative method could broaden research into several other potential cognitive abilities, and could also be extended to other species,’ said lead researcher, Claudia Fugazza. 

Doggy doppelgangers! Adorable footage reveals how pups spontaneously imitate humans – even over video calls

Researchers from Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest found that dogs can imitate human actions – even over video calls

The team trained two dogs to imitate human actions, including spinning in a circle, knocking over a bottle, and even walking backwards

The team trained two dogs to imitate human actions, including spinning in a circle, knocking over a bottle, and even walking backwards

In the study, the team set out to understand whether or not dogs can be trained to copy our actions. 

They enlisted the help of two dogs – Tara, a male Golden Retriever, and Franc, a female Labrador Retriever. 

Using video conference software, the dogs were shown life-sized video projections of their owners, who were located remotely. 

The owner would perform an action, before verbally telling the dog to ‘Do it!’  

The experiment tested the dogs’ imitation skills from three different camera angles – frontal, side, and above. 

Some of the actions – walking backwards, spinning, pushing a button and lying down – were first practiced with the human in-person. 

Using video conference software, the dogs were shown life-size video projections of their owners, who were located remotely. The owner would perform an action, before verbally telling the dog to 'Do it!'

Using video conference software, the dogs were shown life-size video projections of their owners, who were located remotely. The owner would perform an action, before verbally telling the dog to ‘Do it!’

The experiment tested the dogs' imitation skills from three different camera angles - frontal, side, and above

The experiment tested the dogs’ imitation skills from three different camera angles – frontal, side, and above

However, other actions were first seen via the video call, including picking up an object, touching a pole with their nose, and knocking down a water bottle. 

The results revealed that dogs could imitate actions observed from both the frontal and side angles – perspectives they often encounter in their daily lives. 

However, they struggled when trying to imitate actions seen from an overhead angle.   

‘One of the demonstrated actions included knocking down a plastic bottle, which was demonstrated from an overhead view,’ said Fumi Higaki, co-author of the study. 

‘My dog Tara observed my demonstration on the screen, looked for the bottle in his room, in front of the screen, and then knocked it down. 

‘But he struggled to replicate other actions with an overhead view.’

Aside from being very cute, the researchers hope the findings will help to improve our understanding of the relationship between man and dog. 

‘This study, even if only exploratory, not only advances our understanding of how dogs perceive and interpret human actions, but more importantly, this innovative method could broaden research into several other potential cognitive abilities, and could also be extended to other species,’ Dr Fugazza added. 

IS DOG INTELLIGENCE AKIN TO HUMAN INTELLIGENCE?

Dogs’ abilities to learn are varied, much like humans’ abilities, according to WebMD.

Dogs that were bred in order to hunt, retrieve or herd are faster learners because they are inherently quicker on their feet.

Similarly, dogs bred to guard livestock or track scents are usually slower.

A new study has found that mental deterioration among older dogs can be staved off if the dogs complete brain teasers on a touch screen (file photo)

A new study has found that mental deterioration among older dogs can be staved off if the dogs complete brain teasers on a touch screen (file photo)

The key in training your dog, WebMD says, comes down to knowing what your dog was bred to accomplish.

However, all dogs can be trained to follow simple commands, according to trainers.

WebMD reports that the following are the most naturally intelligent dog breeds:

  1. Border Collie
  2. Poodle
  3. German Shepherd
  4. Golden Retriever
  5. Doberman Pinscher
  6. Shetland Sheepdog
  7. Labrador Retriever
  8. Papillon
  9. Rottweiler
  10. Australian Cattle Dog 



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