Smartest Dog: Border Collie Reveals Human-like CapabilitiesPublished August 6, 2011
Recent research by the American Psychological Association proves what any dog owner already knew: dogs are smart!
But, exactly, how smart are dogs? Chaser, a Border Collie (considered to be one of the smartest dogs) can distinguish the difference between nouns and verbs and correctly identify over 1,000 different objects!
Chaser enjoyed the attention of scientists, led by her owner and trainer, retired psychology professor John Pilley. Chaser responded correctly to identifying a noun as an object 95% of the time, according to USA Today. Not only was Chaser able to pick out the correct toy out of over 1,000 every time, she was able to identify toys she's never seen by process of elimination - all based on verbal commands. Chaser definitely qualifies as one of the world's smartest dogs.
More studies conducted by University of Florida in Gainesville showed that dogs are extremely attuned to human body language and behavior.
Two years ago, Stanley Coren of the University of British Columbia presented research that stated that "dogs can learn about 165 words, can count to four or five, and have a basic understanding of arithmetic. He said the mental abilities of dogs are close to those of a human child of about 2 or 2½ years old, but abilities vary by breed" according to USA Today.
Not bad, for just a dog, right?
Check out Chaser, the incredible Border Collie and one of the world's smartest dogs, in action, via ABC News
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