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Despite dogs diverse morphology, they are incredibly good at recognizing their own species. I have always found this amazing . Molly can tell the difference between many different species as she sees them on TV. For years I have trained her to bark every time she sees a dog on TV. She is always right. She can eliminate cats small mammals sheep pigs , you name it. She has never been wrong. A correct woof gets her a treat. Last month she even got an animated dog right. This is a study that talks about it and although it was a small number of dogs studied it shows how they do this. I always get a laugh out of people who pretend they can imitate a dog and base some of their training on trying to portray themselves as a canine pack member. Some even appear on TV. I'd love to see more research on this .. here's the article. Do Dogs Know Other Dogs Are Dogs? - Scientific American Blog Network
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My first Cardigan Welsh Corgi cold pick out another Cardigan from across the large training room. Also reacted to dogs on TV by intensely watching them from as close to the TV as he could get. Both Leo and Rex will react to dogs on TV by stopping what ever they are doing and watching.


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Despite dogs diverse morphology, they are incredibly good at recognizing their own species. I have always found this amazing . Molly can tell the difference between many different species as she sees them on TV. For years I have trained her to bark every time she sees a dog on TV. She is always right. She can eliminate cats small mammals sheep pigs , you name it. She has never been wrong. A correct woof gets her a treat. Last month she even got an animated dog right. This is a study that talks about it and although it was a small number of dogs studied it shows how they do this. I always get a laugh out of people who pretend they can imitate a dog and base some of their training on trying to portray themselves as a canine pack member. Some even appear on TV. I'd love to see more research on this .. here's the article. Do Dogs Know Other Dogs Are Dogs? - Scientific American Blog Network
And more specifically, they seem to recognize their own breed. Havanese usually start wagging the minute they see another one. I've been told by owners of other social breeds that this is true when their dogs meet as well.
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I haven't trained Mae at all regarding dogs on tv but she definitely identifies them by watching intently when they are on. She's not a big tv watcher but she thoroughly enjoyed watching the National Dog Show. Forget it when she hears a bark it's mayhem and then Tim chimes in. Dave I'll need to see if I can train her to get a treat when she sees a dog on tv then I'll have another activity to keep her occupied. LOL

Tim is very selective when it comes to other dogs. Tim's not aggressive but knows who he likes and who he doesn't. I've never seen him turn his back on a Havanese though so I think they know their breed. I can't say that about Mae, she loves just about everyone.

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This is interesting. I never noticed this in my corgi but she was a dog snob. Did not like other dogs at all, even though she was supposedly socialized. However, Willow may actually recognize her breed. Once when we were at the groomers, there was another Havanese running around and Willow immediately took to the that particular dog even though there were other small dogs also running around. Plus, when we were camping this past summer, there was another couple there with a Havanese and Willow always wanted to go visit that particular site when we walked.
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