Tag Archives: dog intelligence

Letter From The Dog

Posted on: May 21, 2017 - 1 Comment

Since when does “just a minute” only apply to humans? We dogs say it too, except when we do, you humans get angry. You let us off the rope thing to go run around and play and then you ask us to come back at the most inconvenient of times, just when we are having the best fun – playing with other dogs or chasing small fluffies. When we don’t respond, you get mad and tell us how bad we are, but apparently you don’t understand that when we hear our name, look back at you and then continue with our game, we’re also saying “just a minute”. By the way…..how long is a minute?

Positively Dog Training Episode 504 – Thanksgiving!

Posted on: November 26, 2015 - No Comments

In this special Thanksgiving edition of the podcast, Victoria and Holly welcome back Dr. Paula Bloom, who peppers Victoria with questions about her new puppy, Suki. Victoria catches up with the Positively mailbag in Ask Victoria, and Alex makes a guest appearance to stump the grownups with some tough questions in the (not so) Animal Academy.

Can Your Dog Tell Time?

Posted on: August 11, 2014 - 3 Comments

Are dogs capable of telling time? This question has long been debated in the scientific world as well as in the dog training world. Many dog owners have experienced their dog's ability to seemingly recognize when it's dinnertime or time to go for a walk. But are dogs truly able to understand time in the Read More

Doggie See, Doggie Do

Posted on: June 11, 2014 - No Comments

Do you ever feel like your dog is a copycat? A new study shows that dogs can imitate human behavior for up to ten minutes after it has happened. Prior to this study, only apes and humans had been shown to demonstrate this ability, one that requires a high degree of cognition. The researchers were Read More

Can Your Puppy Follow Your Voice to Food?

Posted on: May 13, 2014 - No Comments

While past studies have shown that a dog is able to follow a pointed finger or a person's gaze in order to find food, new research is showing that their abilities don't stop there. The research shows that dogs, particularly puppies, are adept in following the direction of a person's voice in order to find Read More

Dog Detects Owner’s Cancer Before Doctors

Posted on: April 17, 2014 - No Comments

The intense connection between man and dog may reach even further than we could have ever imagined possible. Maureen Burns sensed that something was wrong with her 9-year-old Collie mix, Max. He was acting listless and sick, and Maureen was concerned that he could be dying. The strangest of Max's behaviors was that he would Read More

Do Dogs Understand the Concept of “Less is More”?

Posted on: April 9, 2014 - No Comments

Those of us with ravenous, perpetually hungry dogs might find it hard to believe that dogs could understand the concept of "less is more" as it pertains to food, but new research is showing just that. Researchers at the University of Kentucky wanted to see if hungry dogs chose the option that led to more Read More

How Does Your Dog’s Attention Change Over Time?

Posted on: April 7, 2014 - No Comments

More than any other species, dogs have evolved to understand humans and to cope in our domestic environment. Researchers out of the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna have been the first to study the evolution of a dog's attentiveness over the course of their lives, and to investigate to what extent these changes in Read More

Dogs and Humans Might Be Closer Than We Think

Posted on: March 18, 2014 - No Comments

There is more and more astounding research coming in from scientists who have used positive methods to train a group of dogs to lie unrestrained in an MRI machine. Since dogs and humans exist in a similar social environment, it seems that both species have developed similar ways of processing social information. This may be Read More

Can Your Dog Recognize a Picture of Your Face?

Posted on: January 9, 2014 - No Comments

We know that dogs are incredibly attuned to us and that they study our face and body language constantly. But new research shows that a dog's connection to its owner may be more powerful and complex than originally thought. A new study out of Finland tested dogs to see if they could recognize an image Read More

Head Tilting: Why Does My Dog Do That?

Posted on: December 18, 2013 - 49 Comments

We've all seen the adorable head tilt that dogs do when we talk to them. The way they cock their head to the side makes it seem almost as though they are trying to understand the meaning of the words we're speaking to them. It's cute and endearing, but is it even more than that? Read More

Can Wolves Learn From People?

Posted on: December 13, 2013 - 2 Comments

Is a dog's incredible ability to watch and learn from our verbal and visual cues unique to its species? One group of researchers has found evidence suggesting otherwise. Friederike Range and Zsófia Virányi of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna conducted a study to find out whether wolves are able to learn from humans the Read More

Are Dogs Able to Figure Out Who Has the Best Treats?

Posted on: December 3, 2013 - 6 Comments

Have you ever glanced over at your dog only to see that he has already been watching you? It may happen more often that we realize. A new study out of Argentina provides evidence that dogs carefully watch our interactions not only when we are interacting with them directly, but also our interactions with other Read More

The Dog Who Has Learned a Thousand Words

Posted on: November 7, 2013 - 1 Comment

9-year-old border collie "Chaser" may know more words than the average toddler. Chaser has a profound conceptual understanding of words and the meaning behind them. Even with more than a thousand words under her belt, Chaser and her owner, emeritus professor of psychology John W. Pilley, haven't stopped there.

How Do Dogs Feel When They Solve a Problem?

Posted on: October 22, 2013 - 2 Comments

The feeling of accomplishment we get after solving a difficult problem (also known as the "Eureka Effect") may not be unique to our species. As research into dogs' cognitive abilities continues to unfold, we're learning more about the emotional life they lead. Recent studies have shown that dogs have the emotional range of a 2 Read More

Dog Moods May Reflect Owner’s Health

Posted on: October 17, 2013 - 1 Comment

Researchers in the UK have utilized movement sensors to monitor dog's behavior, offering a rare glimpse into the secret life of dogs. The sensors monitor the dogs while they're home alone, as well as when they are out and about, and track behaviors such as sitting, digging, and barking.

How to Keep Your Dog Happy & Healthy

Posted on: October 9, 2013 - 1 Comment

A dog's body and mind are deeply connected. If you want your dog to be able to enjoy the world around him, whether you're taking a walk around the block or competing in agility, it's important that your dog's body can keep up with his brain. Our friends at Dognition and Richard Hawkins, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, have teamed up to outline some great tips on dog cognition and how to keep your dog happy and healthy.

How Does Your Dog Think?

Posted on: July 31, 2013 - 4 Comments

The researchers at Dognition are making all kinds of fascinating discoveries in dog cognition. One such discovery is an interesting connection between the strategies used by mixed breed dogs in comparison to those used by purebred dogs. Their research shows that purebred dogs rely more on their owner's pointing gestures, while mixed breed dogs rely more on their own memories.

How Strong is Your Bond with Your Dog?

Posted on: July 19, 2013 - 8 Comments

The researchers at Dognition are helping us learn more and more about how dogs think and perceive the world. Dognition launched globally in early February and has been examining patterns and trends in the extensive data they have been receiving. One of the most interesting patterns they've discovered is a possible connection between the size of a dog and how close the owner-dog bond is.