Clever Canines Commute to Get Food

I know the new syllabus doesn't have much on behaviorism, but for those of you who are familiar with the now archaic perspective I have some news that actually makes behaviorism interesting.

There are dogs in Moscow that take the underground from the suburbs into the city to beg and search for food. They leave in the morning and return at night. The dogs apparently work together to make sure they get off at the right tube stop. Sometimes they fall asleep and get off at the wrong stop - just like humans.

The dogs have even developed methods to manipulatively steal food from people. For example, they sneak up behind an ignorant shawarma eater, bark loudly to startle the human so they drop their food, and enjoy their tasty snack. That is pretty damn clever and shows that dogs do have the ability to solve novel problems.

1 comment:

  1. This is very interesting realization of the syllabus regarding behaviorism.

    I agree dogs are very clever, mans best friend referred by most people but they need to be taken cared of.

    The dog issue in Moscow is sad to think about and I hope IB students in that place will take action on this issue. This can be a good CAS opportunity or put a dog shelter project.

    Thanks for the post.

    IB Clever