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Dognition: cognitive ability test for dogs

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Dognition is a kind of a doggie IQ test. Dr. Brian hare, an associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University, created Dognition. It uses a series of games to test your dog's cognitive ability.

Dognition is a kind of a doggie IQ test. Dr. Brian hare, an associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University, created Dognition. It uses a series of games to test your dog's cognitive ability.

Your dog can be anything from a very socially oriented dog, a charmer, or a dog that's a little better at solving problems on its own -- like an Einstein or Protodog, as Dognition calls it.

Actually, there are 9 categories your dog can fall into, based on the series of game tests.

I decided to put my dog Oslo to the test.

The first one is a communication game, based on pointing. I stand about six feet away, while my friend holds Oslo. I show Oslo I have two doggie treats. I put both down. And then point at the treat I want him to take.

Because Oslo chose the treat I pointed at that means he pays special attention to my communicative cues, or gestures, thus, working in a collaborative manner as opposed to doing what he wants, which of course, he does on occasion.

Oslo was also good at the staring game, which means he's empathetic.

Oslo likes to hug me, which means he's loving and compassionate.

There are a bunch of other games to play and tests to take.

I still have to do a few more, and send my results in for evaluation, but I'm willing to bet, Oslo is a mix of all the categories. He's sociable, a charmer (especially with the ladies), a renaissance dog (he loves TV and music), a maverick -- he can be very independent, especially when he sleeps on my bed -- and a stargazer, or more so, a squirrel gazer.

Then again, that's the point of Dognition: realizing things about your dog you may have never even known.

http://www.dognition.com/

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