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Dogs are intuitive, sensitive and social animals, but to claim human traits for them doesn't do them any favours, writes Catherine O'Mahony.

12th October, 2013

Dogs are People Too. It sounds like a slogan for a cutesy child's T-shirt, but it was the headline over an article that ran recently in the New York Times. The article was written by Gregory Berns, an American neuroscientist who had just completed research into dogs' brain activity.

Having trained - with some effort - a number of dogs to cooperate with having their brain activity scanned, he recorded a pattern of responses in...

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