Dogs that are encouraged by their owners are better at solving complex tasks, scientists at the Oregon State University have found.
In their study 28 search and rescue dogs and 31 pet dogs had to open a puzzle box containing a sausage within two minutes. The search and rescue dogs were more successful at solving the task when encouraged by their owners.
According to the study, the search and rescue dogs were unable to complete the task without their owners. The pet dogs were able to solve the task with their owners present, even if they weren’t being encouraged. Those dogs were also able to complete the task alone.