As it turns out, four-legged animals use different senses to do this.
In their new study, experts tried to find out what dogs think, at least what they think about your toys. Scientists have studied how dogs identify their toys based on senses such as smell, sight and even texture, writes BGR.
During the experiment, the experts found that dogs are able to distinguish between their toys. What's more, they can find specific toys that researchers have asked for based on different senses.
A team of scientists hypothesized that the senses that dogs use to identify objects reflect how those objects are represented in their minds.< /p>
“If we can understand which senses dogs use when looking for a toy, we can understand how they think about them,” explains one of the authors of the study, Sheini Dror from Eötvös Loránd University Budapest.
In one From previous studies, experts have learned that dogs can remember the names of objects. This way you can teach your dog what is a teddy bear, what is a frog based on the toy you give him.
One key thing the researchers noted is that dogs use a wide variety of senses when they think about their toys. For example, in most cases, to find toys in the light, the test dogs used their eyesight. However, when tasked in the dark, they switched to smell and sensory.
Understanding how dogs think about their toys may seem like something unimportant. But it actually plays a much bigger role in what we know about our four-legged friends.
In addition, the researchers were able to determine that dogs pay attention to the features of toys with which they play. And even if they play with it for a short time.
As a result, scientists came to the conclusion that dogs create an image of a toy in their mind, and this image can include smell, appearance and other features. With this information in the future, we can start to learn more about how dogs think about other things.