Dogs and Toddlers Understand Gestures at Same Level
According to the studies, at three years old, children start to surpass dogs' ability to understand human gestures. Gabriella Lakatos of Eotvos University, one of the researchers, speculates that the change may have to do with children's development of language skills. Eotvos does point out that dogs are not "just like" toddlers, for anyone who might be thinking that's what she means. (One big difference -- kids eventually learn to poop in the toilet. Beat that, Fido.) As for practical advice, Lakatos says that "when gesturing to a dog or child under three...it's best not to fidget" so that they know what you are trying to say.
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