In a study where humans encouraged play with their dogs by exhibiting certain kinds of behavior, Researchers found that behaviors such as dog-like bows and lunging, elicited play much better than the more human-like movements of patting our thighs, tapping the ground, or clapping.
Where dogs prove they’re smarter than their owners is when it came to eliciting a response to efficient behavior. For instance, dogs recognize that when they want to play, they pick up their tennis ball (or smelly sock, or chew toy) and repeatedly shove it at you (along with a cold, wet nose) until you throw it for them. Not paying attention to them? Then they’ll add a bark or two to grab your attention.
Humans? Well, we tend to repeat the same behaviors over and over – regardless of whether we get the response we are seeking (my apologies if this brings to mind any ex boy or girlfriends).