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Undisciplined: Man's Best Friend

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There are few things sweeter than a puppy staring back at you. But how does the puppy understand what you're saying, and when exactly do they start picking up on our cues? A new study by University of Arizona researchers shows that puppies as young as two months old can recognize when people are talking to them and look where they're pointing.

Gita Gnanadesikan is a co-author of a new study in the journal Current Biology, and several others about the cognitive development of dogs and wolves. She's a PhD candidate in the University of Arizona department of anthropology and a researcher at the Arizona Canine Cognition Center.

Shoshannah Buxbaum is a multimedia journalist with a passion for telling narrative-driven stories about health, politics and culture. She's reported features, news spots and a half-hour special for Utah Public Radio. Before that she spent nearly six years at NJ PBS where she worked her way up from intern to producer. She’s a graduate from the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.