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The K9 mind

February 16th, 2008, 04:31 PM
This is interesting...

Dogs who lines up their toys in geometric shapes and are very particular which way they face.

Donnie is a special Doberman that likes to arrange his toys into shapes. His favorite shape is the triangle, but he also has made circles (as shown above) and lines. He also likes to sort his toys. Some piles will all be face up, while others will be all face down. He also sorts his toys by species, one pile of frogs, one of all bears, and another of all monkeys. Sometimes he arranges them to be hugging or even holding hands!

So what does this mean? It means that Donnie is incredibly smart! His antics could be responsible for how we see our canine counterparts. He is displaying congnition, which is baffeling scientists. Donnie's owner claims he does this all on his own, and she's even called in an animal behaviorist to observe Donnie in the act. Her name.. Barbara Smut of the University of Michigan.

Barbara has yet to post her findings on her website, but she has posted plenty of pics. To visit click here.

Also, if you caught the show, you might of noticed that dogs are incredibly good at discerning our body language. One test that the scientists did was to hide food in one of two cups behinde a barrier so that the dogs could not see. Both cups were scented identically, so they both smelled like treats. Then the tester removed the barrier and pointed to the cup with the treat in it. The dogs did not hesitate to go for the correct cup. However, apes failed the same test. The next step was to remove the pointing, and simply look at the correct cup. Again, the dogs excelled.

The point here is that dogs are incredibly smarter than a lot of us give them credit for. We are still studying just how smart they are. But so far we know that they learn much the same way that small children do. They use a technique called fast mapping to find objects they've never seen before. Just like toddlers do.

For example, if you show a child a picture of a cow, a duck, and a cockatoo and ask the child to find the cockatoo which he's never seen before, he'll find it by eliminating the other two objects that he has seen before. Dogs learn the same way. Proof of this can be found in a dog named Riko, whom knows the words for 200 different objects. He is famous in the scientific community for his smarts, and also performs in Germany where he lives.

So the next time you think your dog might be doing something dumb, or silly.. just remember he may be a genius!

The above picture is a picture of Donny the Doberman arranging his toys in a half circle. The interesting thing is that he was not trained to do this. That's right, he is doing this all on his own. He is not just creating half circles either, he also creates lines and triangles. He arranges his toys face up, and face down as well.

February 21st, 2008, 08:27 AM
That is fascinating. I always thought that some dogs had higher intelligence levels than some humans lol.

Even cats have different levels of intelligence. Snowball was very smart, Puddles, well, she has her looks to get her by, thank goodness. Jasper, just too much lovin' thoughts going through his brain that there is no room for any other smarts, and Sweet Pea, the jury is still out on her, but I think she is pretty smart.

February 21st, 2008, 09:48 AM
Dogs are incredibly intelligent - hmmm - could that be why Bobby and Amber are ALWAYS one step ahead of me????????? :D

There's no doubt in my mind they are very intelligent and do have cognitative abilities - cats too but cats do show it in their own way :D

February 21st, 2008, 10:21 AM
cats too but cats do show it in their own way :D

Yes, they learn very quickly how to rule the house and their human servants :laughing: