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In a day and age where pampering our dogs is at the top of the to-do list, and our furry friends are on social media, there is a new question to consider: just how smart are our pets?
The canine IQ test results are in: Even the average dog has the mental abilities of a 2-year-old child.
The finding is based on a language development test, revealing average dogs can learn 165 words (similar to a 2-year-old child), including signals and gestures, and dogs in the top 20 percent in intelligence can learn 250 words.
“The social life of dogs is much more complex, much more like human teenagers at that stage, interested in who is moving up in the pack and who is sleeping with who and that sort of thing,” says Coren, a canine expert and professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia.
“We all want insight into how our furry companions think, and we want to understand the silly, quirky and apparently irrational behaviors [that] Lassie or Rover demonstrate,” Coren said. “Their stunning flashes of brilliance and creativity are reminders that they may not be Einsteins but are sure closer to humans than we thought.”
Recently, Dognition launched the cognition & personality assessment for your dog which gives proud pet owners the chance to figure how smart their dogs are. Dognition lets you discover how your dog thinks so you two can connect on a whole new level. It’s like getting a “dog’s-eye view” of your best friend’s world.