There’s a viral photo on social media that sees a dog holding hands with its owners during family prayers. Just the family bowed down their heads in prayer, the dog also emulated them with reverence.
The picture after making it unto the internet is gaining massive interactions with people expressing their admiration on how smart the dog could be.
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One of the questions people are asking is how possible was it for the dog to learn these actions of prayers.
One key way by which domestic animals especially dogs learn is through imitation.
Imitation is an advanced behavior whereby an individual observes and replicates another’s behavior. Imitation is also a form of social learning that leads to the “development of traditions, and ultimately our culture.
So when the owner of the dog performs an activity over and over again for an extended period of the time, the dog gets to also copy those actions.