New Test Tells How Smart Your Dog Is


You may have already read our article on the smartest dog breeds out there.  However, many dog owners are curious about the intelligence of their dogs.    Thankfully a new series of games labeled “Dognition” can allow owners access into how smart their dogs are.   Brian Hare, director of the Duke Canine Cognition Center, and K-9 Researcher is the brains behind this new technique of intelligence testing.

“About ten years ago, science kind of woke up to the idea that dogs are truly remarkable and there has been a lot of interest and attention in understanding them better ever since,” said Dr. Hare. “I’d like to know more about what he thinks, how he problem solves,” said Kampsen. We asked Plattner what she hopes to find out about her dog Dixie. “I want to know what she’s thinking.”

Dognition consists of ten games which can test dogs on five personality characteristics: empathy, communication, cunning, memory and reasoning.  One game for example tests how long a dog can keep eye contact.  Another game is a pointing activity in which owners point to a spot and check to see if their dog will look in that direction.

The test itself isn’t free.  It costs $39.   Dr. Hare plans on using the results to further his research.

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