Episode 493 – Inductive and Deductive Learning in Dogs and Cats

Writing  this month’s commentary about equine learning got me thinking more about how inductive and deductive learning plays out in dogs and cats. For those unfamiliar with the terms, inductive learning involves making generalizations based upon behavior observed in specific cases. Compare to  this to deductive learning which uses given information, premises or accepted general rules to reach a proven conclusion.

How much can animals learn from generalizing new uses for previously learned skills? I doubt Bamboo ever will learn to use the dictionary. But I do know that apparently Frica has learned things from me that reminded of the care one must take when raising kids. Otherwise you just can’t tell what will pop out of their little mouths.


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