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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

How Much Do Dogs Really Remember?


If you live with a dog you may think they have a pretty good memories. After all, a dog who’s been through obedience training remembers commands and hand signals. And they always know which fences are the most fun to bark at and which shops will give them treats when they’re out for a walk.

But do dog memories work the same way as human memories? The answer is no, not really, but sometimes. Read on to learn how your dog’s memory works, and find links to research and more info.

When you think about going for a walk, you probably remember specific walks you’ve taken in the past. You may reflect in your mind’s eye on a particular path, or recall the time it rained while you were out for a stroll. Dogs don’t really think that way— research shows, in fact, that they have very little direct recall.

Instead, dogs have associative memory. Dogs remember people, places, and experiences based on associations they have with them. For example, they may “remember” walks because of their association with your walking shoes and get excited when they see you putting those shoes on.

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