Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
ROME

Genoa dog navigates bus system to run errands

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Rome, September 5 - Each day Camillo, who lives in
Genoa, takes the bus to run some errands, then finds his way
home again.
What makes Camillo's travels unusual is the fact he's a
dog.
Zoologist Luigi Boitani says that Camillo's skills – like
many other dogs whose owners post YouTube videos of their clever
pets – come down to good training.
Camillo can take the bus around Genoa by measuring the
stops the bus makes, as well as smells and sounds that help the
dog remain oriented.
"For sure, the dog knows how to repeat paths that he has
already done several times," said Boitani, who works at Sapienza
University of Rome.
That doesn't mean the dog can immediately forge new paths,
but he can stick to the old ones using the tried-and-true
method: "sniff and view" reference points along the bus path.
"For a dog, every stretch of road has odours that humans
can not distinguish," said Boitani.
"They are as important as real street signs, (and) which
allow the animals to orient themselves perfectly".

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