How to know if your dog is gifted? The experiment to do at home

Dogs are one of the most intelligent animals that exist. If you have one as a pet, by now you know how clever it is based on the time it takes to learn new words and attend to the orders you give it. But, Is there any way to know if your dog is gifted? Yes. A team of scientists have analyzed in detail the behavior shown by some dogs to see to what extent they are able to assimilate new concepts in a short time. The conclusions have been published in the prestigious journal ‘Nature’.

The authors of the research explain that the rapid learning of object names is feasible for dogs, although it is necessary to repeat these names several times so that they are recorded in their memory. It is not a simple theoretical study, but can also be applied on a practical level. And you can also know if your dog is gifted and is able to learn new words. How? Very easy: playing.

How was the experiment carried out?

The researchers used two dogs to conduct the study: ‘Whiskey’, a four-year-old Border Collie, and ‘Vicky Nina’, a Nine year old yorkshire terrier. The first was capable of recognizing up to 59 different objects with the words their owners said. The second also showed great intelligence by being able to identify 42 different objects through words.

The first phase of the study consisted of introduce two toys into daily life of both animals. With the first, the owners told them what the toy was called four times and then they participated in the games. Meanwhile, the second was introduced among seven other toys that the dogs knew previously. After hearing his name four times, they had to choose the new toy by elimination.

Only two minutes later they had to show that they had learned the name of toys. Experts explain that when selecting the toy that their owners told them. For this they had to remember their characteristics and their names. Well, both ‘Whiskey’ and ‘Vicky Nina’ got the right toy back. Specifically, ‘Whiskey’ got it right 70% of the time, and ‘Vicky Nina’ did it 75% of the time.

In both cases, according to the researchers, this is a much higher percentage than that shown by companion animals that are not used to learn new words. They are usually only right 50% of the time.

The researchers are very proud of the results, stating that the results offer rapid learning tests of new object names after a series of exposures and repetitions. Until now it was believed that this was an exclusively human characteristic

You too can put this experiment into practice. Will your dog be able to know what the new object that you have introduced into your routine?

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