We all know that dogs can be pretty clever, but just how smart can they be? And are certain breeds more intelligent than others? Now there’s a company that will analyze the cognitive skills of your beloved pet using science-based games.
Dognition was started by Dr. Brian Hare, a biological anthropologist from Duke University. The company has compiled a series of videos that show the owner step-by-step instructions on how they can measure the dog’s intelligence through interactive games.
Dognition “evaluates cognition to provide a complete picture of your dog’s intelligence.” It takes into account five various fields, including empathy, memory, cunning, reasoning, and communication. These science-based games use the methodology of Citizen Science, which allows anyone to conduct these tests.
Dr. Hare explains:
Science has ignored dogs and the book highlights why that’s changing. We’ve discovered what makes them remarkable, and it’s very similar to what develops in kids that makes them remarkable. It’s that kids start using gestures and learning words in a way that other species don’t. The fact that dogs share this remarkable ability that we think is so important to being human is what got people (researchers) really fascinated.
Measures of intelligence aside, the tests should help owners better understand their pets– almost like anticipating a baby’s needs, the tests will help facilitate communication efforts for man’s best friend. Unless, of course, you have a dog named We Go.
Watch the promotional video below: