Do you know how smart your dog is?
No really… have you actually “tested” your pet in order to obtain some kind of measure of your dog’s intelligence level?
I didn’t think so. (Until these tests, I hadn’t either.)
In particular, we’re looking at animal cognition – the way they think. You’ll discover whether your pet is right- or left-handed, how good it is at solving problems, and much more.
The tests are quick and easy to do: most of them take less than 5 minutes. Each test has clear instructions that walk you through the procedure and tell you how to judge your pet’s performance.
5-Minute Tests To See How Smart Your Dog Is:
Paw Preference Test
Summary: Left-handedness in humans is often associated with creativity and a natural musical ability. If your dog appears to be left-handed, maybe your dog has hidden talents as well.
Right-handedness in humans is often associated with language ability and a logical mind. There is some evidence that right-handed animals can be better at remembering and using words, so
if your dog appears to be right-handed, maybe your dog understands more of your conversation than you had thought!
Flip The Tin Test
Summary: If your dog understands what psychologists call “object permanence”, it realizes that objects continue to exist even after they have disappeared from view. To understand this, it must believe in a world beyond its perception.
Drop The Treat Test
Summary: This test determines the degree to which your dog understands the way that horizontal objects relate to each other. Pets that move about more in 3 dimensions should do better at this than those that move only on the ground.
Round The Bend Test
Summary: To do this successfully, your dog must have a good understanding of its physical world, and be prepared to walk away from a treat in order to get at it.
Command Of Language Test
Summary: When a dog learns a new command, it is associating the sound or body signals that you create with one of its own actions. Your dog’s learning and memory has probably got a lot to do with your own training habits as an owner. Your dog’s learning and memory has a lot to do with your own training habits as an owner. Your dog may be able to learn more commands with the right encouragement.
Pull The String Test
Summary: A dog carrying out the physical action of pulling the string is pretty impressive because pulling a string may be an entirely novel thing for your dog to do.
Hide And Seek Test
Summary: A dog uses two types of memory to perform this task: spatial memory to remember the layout of the space, and episodic memory to remember the action of you placing the treat in the hiding place.
Ready to start? Test your pet here… and get personalized results!
Scores & Results From The Survey:
Dogs knew an average of 13 commands.
Our two dogs (Lab-mixes), scored as follows: Tenor = 20, Destin = 28.
Other Labrador Retrievers scored an average of 23.3.
In general, dogs scored higher than all other pets on most tests.
In terms of dogs’ paw preferences: 45.94% right-handed; 32.93% left-handed; 21.13% difficult to tell
Female dogs were generally rated as better behaved than male dogs.
Many of our pets were reported as being clearly right-handed. For scientist Tim Guilford, this is really interesting, as until recently a bias towards right-handedness was thought to be unique to humans, and related to different functions for different sides of the human brain. That other animals may share this division opens up new possibilities for research into brain function. — BBC “Test Your Pet”
See how all dogs scored in all tests, by breed.
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