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Researchers are finding more evidence that our dogs really do understand us: They can be calculating thieves. The study found that dogs are four times more likely to steal forbidden food when it’s dark in the room, meaning humans can’t catch them in the act, the BBC reports. That may suggest that the pups are aware of a change from the humans’ point of view, theorize researchers.
It’s “incredible because it implies dogs understand the human can’t see them, meaning they might understand the human perspective,” says an author. Researchers were careful to avoid trick links like dogs associating darkness with food availability, and it’s “unlikely that the dogs simply forgot that the human was in the room,” the scientists say. “Humans constantly attribute certain qualities and emotions to other living things,” the author adds. “These results suggest humans might be right, where dogs are concerned.”