Dogs can learn the “do it again” instruction and access memories of recent activities, a study has shown.

“Sit”, “down” and “down” are commands that man’s best friend has mastered over the generations.

But with the advent of social media, a new “do it again” trick could come in handy if wearers aren’t ready with the camera at the moment of the adorable head tilt.

Scientists have found that dogs are indeed capable of this, and it has been shown that they can recall recent activities after verbally prompting “again.”

A new study from the University at Buffalo has shown that dogs don’t even need to be “re-trained” in a particular action in order to repeat it on cue.

Three dogs were first trained to repeat a specific learned action, such as a “spin”, with a command, and then tested on other new actions.

The success of the trial suggests that the dogs are able to apply the concept of repetition to new situations, an ability not previously thought of.

Dr. Allison Skagel, study correspondent, with one of the study participants, her own long-haired Chihuahua Todd, who successfully learned the command “again”.

Scientists have found that dogs are able to recall recent activities after a verbal prompt.

Scientists have found that dogs are able to recall recent activities after a verbal prompt.

HOW TO TEACH YOUR DOG TO REPEAT A RECENT ACTION

Teach your dog a set of familiar commands such as “roll” and “down”.

2. Ask them to do one of the actions and then ask them to repeat it with the “again” command. Don’t forget to reward them when they do it right!

Test “again” with other, new teams and with more treats ready as rewards.

Dr. Allison Skagel, study author, said: “Our study shows that dogs are capable of conceptualization, placing them in an expanding category of other animals that includes bottlenose dolphins and chimpanzees.

“Dogs can do more than just learn the relationship between a person’s signal and what specific trick they should perform.

“They can understand the concept of repetition: whatever you just did, do it again.

“It can apply to everything they do.”

Historically, it has been believed that only humans are capable of being aware of past personal experiences.

However, this study, published in Journal of Comparative Psychologysuggests that dogs can flexibly access memories of their recent activities.

Animals are often tested on their ability to recall things from the environment that they have recently encountered, such as sounds in the form of verbal commands.

They are also known to memorize items, as shown when a pet can pick up a certain toy from a pile or is trained in scents like drug sniffer dogs.

But memories of actions differ in that they are internal rather than externally perceived.

These are purely mental representations of previous personal experiences that can be recalled in a way that can influence what the animal decides to do in the future.

As part of this study, the researchers examined the dogs’ memories of their recently performed actions to determine if they can consciously remember what they just did and reenact those actions.

The three participants in the study were Todd, a male long-haired chihuahua, and two female golden retrievers, Aspen and Layla.

Traditional dog training is all about signal and reaction; when dogs hear or see a trained signal, they respond with behaviors associated with that signal.

Dogs were first taught this way to a set of simple commands, such as spin in a circle, lie down, or walk around an object.

Traditional dog training is all about signal and reaction;  when dogs hear or see a trained signal, they respond with behaviors associated with that signal.  A new study suggests that dogs can flexibly access memories of their recent activities with a verbal command.

Traditional dog training is all about signal and reaction; when dogs hear or see a trained signal, they respond with behaviors associated with that signal. A new study suggests that dogs can flexibly access memories of their recent activities with a verbal command.

The dogs then learned a repeated cue of the word “again” with a hand gesture, which instructed them to repeat the known action after it was completed.

Finally, the researchers had assess whether the dogs actually learned the general concept of repeating recent activities, or whether they simply knew “again” as a new command to spin, lie down, or walk.

Thus, dogs were asked to repeat new actions that they had never been asked to repeat before, including unlearned actions they invented on cue.

Although the dogs were never trained to repeat these actions, they passed the test.

They also appeared to be able to repeat actions after short delays and to repeat actions multiple times without additional training.

“We found that dogs can be taught to repeat certain actions on cue and then apply what they have learned to actions they were never asked to repeat,” said Dr. Skeigel.

“Our results showed that they were able to apply the concept of repetition to new situations.

“More generally, we found evidence that dogs are capable of forming abstract concepts.”

The researchers say the results represent new flexible training options for domestic dogs.

Dr Skagel added: “This is an important step towards a better understanding of how other species form abstract concepts.”

“And we’re learning that humans aren’t all that cognitively unique.”

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Some dogs are able to learn up to a dozen new toy names in one week and can remember them for at least two months, according to the authors of a new study.

According to scientists at Eötvös Lorand University (ELTE) in Budapest, Hungary, this speed of memory discovery and retention is similar to that of a one-year-old child.

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