By LEE DARREN SANTA BARBARA, Calif.
— It may be easier to tell a dog from a cat, but it’s far easier to figure out how to raise a human child.
A new study published in the American Journal of Primatology found that dogs have a better understanding of what it’s like to be raised by humans than humans have of what they’re raising themselves.
The study was led by researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and UC Davis.
“I think there’s a lot of people who are not going to be able to get past the first couple of years,” said co-author Dr. Lisa Bock, associate professor of pediatrics at UCSB.
“But that’s just a matter of the way people are raised.”
Bock and her colleagues examined the experiences of parents who raised dogs and their offspring.
They found that the dogs had a better sense of what humans are like than people who raised their own children.
“The dogs in the study were not necessarily the ones who were better at it, they were better able to identify their parents as humans and the human as a dog,” said Bock.
“They were also better at recognizing and relating to their siblings and the humans that were human.”
Bocks team focused on the experiences that children of single mothers had with their parents.
They asked the dogs to look at photographs of their mother and father and then answer questions about their relationship with them.
The researchers then compared these images with those of their own mother and their father.
The dogs were also able to tell whether their parents were male or female.
The researchers then tracked the dogs’ interactions with their biological parents over the course of several years.
They recorded how often the dogs looked at the faces of their parents, which was a measure of whether their mothers were close with their fathers.
“What we found is that the kids are not necessarily more accurate in how they see their own parents as human,” Bock said.
“They are more likely to look for things that make sense to them.
They’re not necessarily looking for things in the picture that are more meaningful to them.”
The results are consistent with previous studies that have shown that children who grow up with a mother or father who is a close friend and is physically close to their mother or is emotionally close to them also show better understanding and understanding of their human siblings.
“When a child is raised by a close relative, they are more apt to understand that the other people in their life are human, that their relationships are not random, and that they can relate to them,” Bocks said.
The study found that children from mixed-race families were at least twice as likely to grow up to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as those from white families.
“Children who grew up with an African American parent had higher rates of autism than children of mixed-ethnic parents,” Bocking said.
Bock also said the study supports the idea that a dog can be used to understand human interactions.
“It may be that there is a connection between dogs and people who grow and change over time,” she said.
“Dogs have been around for a long time and can learn, and can be trained to understand people and understand their needs.”
Babies raised by dogs have higher self-esteem than those raised by other breeds.
The same study found, however, that the babies of mixed breed parents had more difficulty adjusting to new circumstances and social situations.
“If you’re raising a dog, I would say, just don’t give them to a stranger,” said Jennifer Johnson, founder and executive director of the Autism Society of America, a nonprofit organization that advocates for more accessible autism services in the U.S. “There are a lot more dogs out there that are not like us, and they need a human to help them.
If they don’t have a human, they don’T need a dog.”
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