Puppies are Wired to Communicate With People, Study Shows

Genetics may also help explain why some dogs perform better than others on social tasks such as following pointing gestures.

Dogs may have earned the title “man’s best friend” because of how good they are at interacting with people. Those social skills may be present shortly after birth rather than learned, a new study by University of Arizona researchers suggests.

Published today in the journal Current Biology, the study also finds that genetics may help explain why some dogs perform better than others on social tasks such as following pointing gestures.

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