Friday, July 19, 2013

Dogs' memory work a lot like humans'

Discovery News reports that dogs' memory work much more like ours than we used to think. Dogs possess what's known as declarative memory - which means that facts and knowledge can be consciously recalled.

Can dogs anticipate what will happen tomorrow?
The study adds to a growing body of evidence showing many animals experience the world just like we do, with knowledge of the past and the present. Many animals are also likely to be able to imagine the future.

This might also change how we think animals perceive time. A generally spread notion is that dogs, for instance, wouldn't have a sense of time since they live solely in the present. If they have a recollection of the past and can imagine the future, this might not be true.


  1. We have to have some sense of at least past as we remember where we have been even a few years later, we remember those we haven't seen in ages, whether that is sight or smell doesn't matter. We remember how we felt about that animal or human. Not sure we think about the future, but I am dreaming about my ice cream snack later today ;)

    1. I've been thinking along the same lines - dogs clearly remember people and settings. It makes sense that they would be able to think about the future as well. I think doggies are much smarter than humans in general give them credit for. =)