‘We teach our dogs to be stupid’


REGISTER-GUARD: New research suggests dogs don’t think for themselves.

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REGISTER-GUARD: New research suggests dogs don’t think for themselves.

As the saying goes, the best leaders are not the smart and diligent but, instead, the smart and lazy who find the most efficient way to get a job done — and, in the case of a dog, that means forming a productive social connection with a dog-loving human.

Wolves, on the other hand, tend to solve problems independently, but can also solve them socially — with human help — if that’s the best way to get what they want, Udell said.

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