Humans are usually amazed and entertained when something disappears before our eyes. But what about dogs?
In this short video Finnish magician and illusionist Jose Ahonen does a simple sleight-of-hand trick in which he has a dog treat in his hand and suddenly it’s gone.
The video shows that the dogs have a sense of object permanence. That is they know an object is there even if they can’t see it at the moment. Things may go out of sight, but they don’t just disappear.
And yet…what is going on here?
You can hear the wheels turning in their heads as they all react in a different way.
(The dogs were given treats before and after each trick so there were no hard feelings.)