Episodic memory is typical for the human race, we remember what we have done last Christmas and where we have been. Do animals have episodic-like memory? It’s hard to say if animals can remember certain events, but researchers in Hungary found evidence that dogs may have episodic-like memory.
Researchers have put 17 dogs through a multistep training designed to make them memorize actions and trick them into thinking they would not need that memory. Dog’s owners demonstrated an action, such as touching an umbrella or traffic cone and then they would say to the dog: “Do it!” After the training, dogs were focused on other tricks such as to lie down for a treat. After a period of time, dog owners would say to a dog: “Do it!” without showing the behavior this time, and dogs would successfully remember what their owner had done previously.
Even when researchers would control the dog’s expectations, a dog would recognize their owner’s behavior implying that they have a memory of particular events.
Clive Wynne, a behavioral scientist from the Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University said: “I think every dog owner knows that dogs remember events. What is new and important is that dogs can remember events even if those events do not seem to be important.”