We have all wondered how smart our pups are at one time or another. What we may not have realized, is that there are dog IQ tests that you can administer, supposedly to measure your pooch’s brainpower. But just how accurate are these exercises in canine mental capacity?
What's Your Dog's IQ? | Psychology Today
We’ve all heard of taking an IQ test. Evaluating intelligence is usually for the human mind only. Well, guess what! You can give your dog this type of test!
Your Dog Has an IQ -- Science of Us - NYMag
In 2013, a study documented the learning and memory capabilities of a border collie, "Chaser", who had learned the names and could associate by verbal command over 1,000 words at the time of its publishing. Chaser was documented as capable of learning the names of new objects "by exclusion", and capable of linking nouns to verbs. It is argued that central to the understanding of the border collie's remarkable accomplishments is the dog's breeding background—collies bred for herding work are uniquely suited for intellectual tasks like word association which may require the dog to work "at a distance" from their human companions, and the study credits this dog's selective breeding in addition to rigorous training for her intellectual prowess. could remember items 4 weeks after the initial exposure.
Dog IQ Test: See How Clever Your Canine Is - DogsAholic
Learning your puppy’s IQ can help you with training, telling you what to focus on. It is best to test and compare within a species, such as dog to dog, as inter-species testing has too many variables. Testing for a dog’s I.Q. is different from testing a human’s but there are some ways to determine his smarts.The researchers created a proto-type dog ‘IQ test’ which they used to assess the intelligence of 68 working border collies. These tests included: navigation, tested by timing how long it took the dogs to get food that was behind different types of barriers; assessing whether they could tell the difference between quantities of food and their ability to follow a human pointing gesture to an object.A recent study from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the University of Edinburgh suggests that dogs have measurable IQs, just like people.We were watching one of those news magazines on TV one night and they had an IQ test for dogs. You take a dog treat, show it to the dog, and then cover it with a wash cloth. The faster the dog removes the wash cloth and retrieves the treat, the smarter the dog.
So we had to try. (This is, by the way, the story I always tell when people ask me to describe the original Terrible Trio in the days before The Thundering Herd. It describes the pack in perfect detail).