Dog trainer Fumi Higaki and a clever cat named Ebisu demonstrated how the Do As I Do method of behavioral training not only works on canines, but on felines too. When Higaki performed a particular action, she then waited for Ebisu to mimic that action. Once the process was completed, Ebisu would get a treat. The experiment included such actions as “touch with hand/paw” and “face rub”.
A new study of the Family Dog Project, just published online in Animal Cognition, showed that a cat (yes, a cat!) learned to reproduce human-demonstrated actions with on the Do as I Do method.