Tuesday Newsday – See Spot Learn

November 23rd, 2010

You all know that we lost our beloved Dazey in February (right after losing our cat Mr. Quincy exactly 30 days prior). In March, we got Satsi. We’ve figured out she’s a Whippet-German Shepherd mix. Weird looking dog…as evidenced above…but what are you going to do. We love her.

Satsi and me–we’re still trying to figure each other out. It took a while for Dazey and me to come to terms with each other. Me as Master; her as Furrier Master. After having Dazey for 13 years, our connection was unreal. She read my mind. She knew commands like “five more minutes” and “hang on a second”…much to the dismay of a trainer I brought her to once. She knew my movements and facial expressions.

So this article was interesting to me. This researcher is studying the intelligence of dogs as a species with the hopes of gaining more knowledge on how to have them work better in society. This doesn’t mean making Fido get your slippers faster. It could mean making dogs better at working with people with disabilities or with the military.

Sit! Shake! Quit barking! Get off the couch! Go find your toy! Ever wonder what your dog is thinking as it gazes at you while you are barking commands? Duke University’s Canine Cognition Center in Durham, N.C., is one of the few labs in the country focused on how dogs think. Read more…

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