Really Dogs remember the “stupid” things we do?

Dogs pay more attention to us than previously thought, with new research showing that they remember our actions and other events even when the occurrences didn’t hold any particular importance at the time they happened.
The discovery, reported in Current Biology, adds dogs to the short list of other animals — including rats, pigeons and primates — that are known to have what’s called “episodic memory.” This is opposed to “semantic memory,” which is a recollection of facts and rules that an individual knows without the need of remembering a specific event.
“So the difference between episodic and semantic memory can be thought of as the difference between remembering and knowing,” lead author Claudia Fugazza of MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group in Budapest, Hungary, told Seeker.
People use episodic memory all of the time, she said. For example, if someone asks you, “What did you do first when you woke up this morning?” you could think back to that time, like rewinding video, and play the moment back in your head
The skill is usually tied to self-awareness, so the findings intriguingly hint that dogs could possess that form of cognition too, although Fugazza says it’s “extremely challenging to design a study to test for it in dogs.”
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