Saw this on the National Geographic documentary "Science of Dogs" and thought it'd be fun to try for myself:. Basically, the experiment was assessing domestic dog reliance on humans in comparison to that of 'domestic' captive wolves.
They had "Human A" hold the dog/or wolf while "Human B" stood several or so feet away with two containers (of the same type) on each side - each filled with the same amount of meat. They would then have "Human B" point to one of the two containers. "Human A" would then proceed to let the dog/wolf go and assess if they relied on the human signal for guidance.
In these experiments they found that the dog would look to humans for guidance…most often going to whichever container the human pointed...the wolf on the other hand would not even pay attention to the human signal, and would go wherever their nose took them.
Not surprising results. But wanted to see what a more independent dog would do, so I tried this with Beo 6 times - I got exactly half and half results. Thought it was interesting. Sometimes he would look at my hand and go directly to where I directed, other times he would completely ignore my signal; not even bothering to look. At one turn he went up to the container I was pointing at, but then turned around and went to the other one.
Just a fun little experiment, but curious if anyone else has tried this...and if so what other results people are getting with their dogs (not necessarily basenji).