Everyone thinks their pet is the most beautiful, most handsome, nicest, sweetest, most talented pet in the world, whether it barks, purrs, whinnies, tweets, oinks, hisses or just blows bubbles. But how smart is your pet? Today news was released that there's a series of games and challenges you can play with your dog to test their brainpower.
According to Dognition, there are 20 fun and easy games designed by canine experts such as scientists, trainers and behavioral specialists. Anyone with $19 can get the instructions and how-to video links here to test their dog at home. It's such a popular test that throughout this month, starting May 15, Nat Geo Wild will air a three-part miniseries based on the games called "Is Your Dog a Genius?" as part of their inaugural BarkFest weekend. The series explores how to test your pooch's specific abilities, and experts will determine which of nine categories your dog falls into, based on the 20 games.
The nine categories are: Ace, Charmer, Socialite, Expert, Renaissance Dog, Protodog, Einstein, Maverick or Stargazer. Einsteins can be socially awkward but easily solve new problems. Aces are the scamps of the group, problem-solvers who try to win you over with a lick and a grin, even while they're misbehaving. The games assess five core dimensions of your dog's cognition - empathy, communication, cunning, memory, and reasoning.
The scientific advisory board is comprised of experts from prestigious U.A. universities such as Harvard and Yale, and overseas institutions such as the Max Planck Institute and the Family Dog Project in Hungary. Some well-known advisers in the animal community are on board as well, including Tamar Geller and Victoria Stilwell.
In one of the games, you put down two overturned paper cups, allowing the dog to watch as you put a treat under one. You point to the empty cup and see where your pet goes. Both show a kind of genius: If Buddy goes to the empty cup, he's good at following orders and bonding. If he goes the other, he's able to rely on his own devices - and gets the treat.
But we all know, even if your pooch flunks every test, he's still the best dog ever! Dognition is based out of Duke University's respected dog intelligence research community, in Durham, North Carolina.