Human + Canine – MSR (Mirror Self-Recognition) – Dog Shop Hawaii USA

Human + Canine – MSR (Mirror Self-Recognition)

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These are abstract questions, and it is too bad for us that dogs can’t answer for themselves. And so, instead, scientists who study animal cognition have devised a test for measuring these hard-to-comprehend concepts, involving the use of one commonplace household object: the mirror. It’s called the mirror self-recognition test, and since its inception in the 1970s it has been considered the “gold standard” of determining whether or not a creature possesses self-awareness. Elephants, chimpanzees, and dolphins are among the creatures who have passed, suggesting that these animals have a sense of self. But plenty of other primates, along with highly intelligent creatures like octopuses, are either confused by or totally uninterested in the mirror.

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Many people who have lived with dogs have intuited the synchronization of stress and other emotions between dogs and their humans. For them, this sort of cross-species empathy is rather common and to be expected. When I mentioned this research to a few people, one person said, “So, big deal, I already knew this,” and another remarked, “Science needs to pay close attention to common sense. Anyone who’s lived with a dog knows that they and their human companions reflect one another’s feelings.” My comment was simply, “Now we know more about the physiological basis for these shared feelings and that it’s the dogs mirroring their humans, not vice versa.” There’s still much to learn about dogs and the various relationships they form with humans, and even if many people “already knew” this or that, it’s a very exciting time to study dog behavior and the nature of dog-human interactions. The more we learn, the better it will be for dogs and humans—a win-win for all.
Dogs, for example — as you no doubt know if you have ever kept one for a pet — fail the mirror test. They do not seem to know, or perhaps they don’t really care, what is going on with the mirror’s scentless, two-dimensional representation of a dog. They may try to fight the dog in the mirror, or play with it, but very few dogs demonstrate any behaviors that would signal they recognize the reflection as their own. According to the standards set by this test, this means that dogs must lack a self-concept. And yet, in recent years, some prominent scientists have begun to question the authority of this test. “People say, ‘This species has no self-awareness because we tested it in the mirror,’” primatologist Frans de Waal said in a recent interview with Science of Us. “But I would argue that self-awareness is a broader concept than that. And I cannot imagine a cat or a dog — even though they don’t recognize themselves in the mirror — I find it hard to imagine that they have no awareness of themselves.”
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Human + Canine – MSR (mirror self-recognition) Exercise Class

Dogs Mirror Our Stress and We Know More About How and Why? Research shows that our cortisol levels are matched by our canine companions.”Dogs mirror stress levels of owners, researchers find.” I found it extremely interesting for a number of reasons, including the fact that research has shown that dogs are very tuned into what we are feeling—they read our faces very well—and also that a recent study has shown that a person’s emotional state and confidence play a huge role in getting them to use positive reinforcement training on reactive dogs. It seems highly likely that the willingness to use positive training and its effectiveness on “difficult” dogs stems from the nature of the relationship that a dog and their human have formed. There are two sides to a dog-human relationship, and the people’s side should not be neglected.  “In research that confirms what many owners will have worked out for themselves, scientists have found that the household pets are not oblivious to their owners’ anxieties, but mirror the amount of stress they feel.” It turns out that dogs store cortisol in their hair, and each hair shaft essentially functions as a record of an individual’s stress.

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