Your article (Paws for thought: dogs may be able to figure out human intentions, 1 September) was interesting, although like most dog owners, I smile at some of the efforts of scientific researchers to find out what we know already. My cocker spaniel, Meg, doesn’t need to use mental reasoning or theory of mind to work out our intentions. She just listens to the conversation.
My lurcher, Aoife, always knows when I am going to go out without her and will not take proffered treats, but goes and sulks on her sofa. I’m intrigued as to how she knows, several minutes before my departure, when I’m not doing anything incompatible with when I’d be taking her out with me.
Portrush, County Antrim