Once downtown, they have at least two methods for scoring food: the cute ones approached folks with food and begged, sometimes by laying their heads on a sitting person's knee and giving 'em the ol' big eyes. The thing is, according to Dr Andrei Poiarkov, of the Moscow Ecology and Evolution Institute, the dogs also figured out who was likely to be an easy touch. "Dogs are surprisingly good psychologists," he says in The Sun.
The second method the dogs use is a scare tactic that Dr. Poiarkov calls "going on a shawarma hunt." Again, the dogs size up their victims, this time choosing those most likely to startle. When one of these people procures their shawarma from a streetside vendor, the dog comes up from behind and suddenly barks. If all goes according to plan, the meat kabob drops to the ground, and the dog nabs it.
The commuter dogs also use traffic signs to cross the roads safely--relying on the electronic figures of a walking person to know when to step off the curb.
After a day of making a living, the dogs board the subway for the return trip, judging when to get off by the length of time or perhaps the conductor's call at each station. The dogs sometimes fall asleep, though, and get off at the wrong stop. (Sound familiar?)