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The greatest divide between humans and all other animals resides in our higher-order mental processes. Research in cognition has of late been especially focused on how people make decisions. Dogs are generally quite empathetic, particularly when it comes to their primary human social contact. Scientists studying the evolution of dogs from wolves believe that dogs and humans "co-evolved," meaning that the two species have partnered so closely that neither would be where they are without the other. Because of this partnership, dogs have evolved a whole toolbox of social and cognitive skills that help them understand and communicate with humans. Tune in as we explore these and others ideas with Mr. Steven May, veterinary industry insider and canine, feline and avian pet owner advisor.

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