Do dogs know they're dogs?

06.22.2021 - By Brains On! Science podcast for kids

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We treat dogs like they're part of the family. But do they know they are a different species, or do they think they're just short, four-legged people?
In this episode, canine cognition researcher Alexandra Horowitz helps us puzzle out this question. We’ll also find out what happens (or doesn’t) when a dog looks in the mirror. Dogs are always dozing, and we’ll check in to see if they are dreaming too. And, we take a quick trip around the world in the language of barks.
All that, plus a brand new Mystery Sound and a Moment of Um that answers the question: “Why does the moon follow us?”
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