For example if a dog has a puppy and then the puppy leaves and lives with another family for a couple years. If the puppy is reunited with their mum will they recognise each other? Dr Innis says it is highly unlikely. “There has to be a constant exposure to each other. Once they get to adulthood their memories fade. Their body language may be playful but most likely if they met another dog with the same attitude the response will be similar.” But if they are together for a couple years there may be a better chance of them remembering each other.
But what about owners? We see lots of videos online where pets are ecstatic to see their owner for the first time in years. Pets tend to develop stronger bonds with their owners and can recognise their voice and smell.
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