What this translates to is that many “dumb” animals are a lot smarter than we give them credit for.
I posted a link a while back about a dog who had learned to communicate using push-buttons. One video showed the dog asking to go out, so the owner got the leash and collar. The dog stopped the owner and said that she did not want that collar as she didn’t like it; she wanted a different one!
Another video showed a different dog, (who also communicated with push-buttons), asking his/her owner “Why do you love me?” This kind of intangible and conceptual thinking is much more advanced than people have given dogs credit for.