Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Smarter than just "sit"

A new article in the New York Times by Sarah Kershaw explains how us dogs are smart in our own way. Sure, some of what we do is just based on learning human cues, but we evolved around you humans, so that part is just obvious. Other stuff goes beyond that--some dogs can learn up to 250 words, can differentiate between pictures with and without dogs, not to mention detect bombs, cancer, seizures and much more.

Dogs actually have a unique cognitive capacity that is not completely understood by humans. We may be your furkid, but of course we process things a little differently. So, next time you wonder "what the heck is fido thinking?!" stop and remind yourself that just maybe it is something outside of your cognitive capacity.

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