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Proof That Toddlers and Dogs Really Are Alike

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Hoku Krueger recently graduated from Occidental College with a B.A. in English and Comparative Literature Studies and a minor in French Language Studies. During her time there she wrote for the Occidental Weekly and interned with The Maui News.
Proof That Toddlers and Dogs Really Are Alike
Dogs and toddlers have more in common, when it comes to social skills, than toddlers and chimpanzees. Photo Credit: esthermm/Adobe Stock

As the saying goes, dogs are a man’s (and woman’s) best friend. But it turns out there may be more truth to the maxim than we thought. A recent study found that dogs and toddlers are actually quite similar when it comes to social intelligence — more so than one of their closest relatives: chimpanzees.

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The University of Arizona study, published in the journal Animal Behavior, gave 2-year-olds, dogs and chimpanzees tests that measured different types of cognition. While chimpanzees performed well on tests involving their physical environment and spatial reasoning, they failed to make the grade when it came to cooperative communication skills, such as following a pointed finger.

The children and dogs did much better during these tasks. To find out why, watch the adorable video below!

Toddlers & Dogs Really Are Alike

If you think your dog and your toddler are alike, science says you’re right

Posted by LIVESTRONG.COM on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

What Do YOU Think?

Have you noticed any similarities between toddlers and dogs in your experience? What other animals have demonstrated humanlike qualities? Let us know in the comments section!

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