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6 Things You Need to Know When Dogs Look in the Mirror

Have you ever wondered what dogs see when they look in the mirror? Do they recognize themselves or not? Check out what the experts say.

1. “Dogs are very intelligent and adaptable creatures who, like countless others, lack the cognitive development necessary to self-recognize visually, whether in a mirror, on a video, or in a photo.”
– Animal Behavior Clinician Liz Stelow

Source: National Geographic

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2. “Dogs and other species either treat the image as another animal, or come to ignore it completely.”
– Psychologist Gardon Gallup

Source: Psychology Today

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3. “Dogs fail to pass the so-called mirror test, a test that determines whether a species perceives the mirror reflection as its own.”

Source: Daily Puppy

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4. “When dogs look into a mirror, they typically have one of two responses: They may bark or try to invite play as if they were staring at another dog, or they may appear to do nothing.”

Source: Daily Puppy

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5. “When a young cat or dog first sees his image in the mirror, he often reacts as if a strange animal suddenly appeared. But when the image doesn’t pass the “sniff test,” the pet generally decides to ignore it for good.”

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6. “Just because your dog won’t pass the mirror test does not mean your dog has no self-awareness. This attributes to dogs’ behavior and preference for scent-based information over visual information. ”
– University of Colorado Biologist Marc Bekoff

Source: Daily Puppy

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