Dogs steal food discreetly to avoid getting caught

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Washington, July 26 (ANI): Next time a cookie is stolen from your jar, don't blame your kid as your dog could behind it too.

A recent study has revealed that just like children, dogs too steal food quietly to make sure they don't get caught.

The findings have added to evidence that dogs can work out what others are thinking.

Shannon Kundey of Hood College and colleagues gave 40 dogs, which had previously been trained not to eat food left on a plate, a chance to take food from inside two containers.

Both containers were fitted with bells, but on one container the bells were muted.

When someone was watching, the dogs took food from both containers equally.

But if the watcher looked away, for instance by putting their head between their legs, the dogs went for the silent container.

This suggests they knew they could get a meal without the watcher hearing them.

Kundey said her results back up other evidence that dogs can represent for themselves how others perceive their actions. For example, previous studies had found that dogs are more likely to take food when people are not watching them.

Marc Bekoff of University of Colorado said the findings are more proof that humans' mental abilities are not unique.

"Great apes do amazing things, but so do other animals," he added. (ANI)

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