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Canine MENSA: Test Your Doggies IQ
http://boknowsonline.com/2008/04/25/canine-mensa/ ^ | Bo

Posted on 05/10/2008 3:26:00 PM PDT by fings

Bo (woof) In Commentary:

Why are our owners so obsessed with finding out how intelligent we are? All they need to know is that we got it going on upstairs. How else to explain us living in their homes, eating their food and having them pick up our feces? And all of that without us paying them a dime.

In the interest of giving my parents some bragging rights, I decided to take this Canine IQ test from NBC News 26, by Mike Conroy. Let’s go question by question and see how I fared.

Test 1: Food under can

This is a test of your dog’s problem solving ability. How to do the test

1. First sit the dog, if it won’t stay you’ll need someone to hold the dog by the collar. 2. Show the dog the tidbit of food and let it sniff it. 3. With the dog’s full attention, slowly place the tidbit on the ground about two meters away and place the can over the tidbit. 4. Start timing and encourage the dog to get the food.

Scoring: If the dog knocks the can over and gets the tidbit in 5 seconds or less 5 points; 5 to 15 seconds 4 points;15 to 30 seconds 3 points; 30 to 60 seconds 2 points; [over 60 seconds and it’s still looking for the treat? Then we’ll give the dog a point for being able to breath on its own]

No need for a stop watch on this one. I’ll sit and wait until my owner picks up the can and gives me the treat underneath it. No energy exerted, maximum treat scored = genius but the scoring on this test will give me:

+0 points for being lazy

Test 2: Dog under towel

This is another measure of your dog’s problem solving ability. How to do the test

1. Your dog should be awake and reasonably active 2. Let the dog sniff the towel 3. With a quick smooth motion throw the towel over the dogs head so its head and shoulders are completely covered (you may want to practice this without the dog first). Start timing and watch silently.

Scoring: If the dog frees itself in 5 seconds or less 5 points; 5 to 15 seconds 4 points;15 to 30 seconds 3 points; 30 to 60 seconds 2 points

I think the test results on this one are hinged on ‘your dog should be…reasonably active’. At my age, if someone throws a towel on me it’s because I’ve wet myself not because my teacher sprung a surprise quiz on me. I’ll gracefully bow out of this question. That way I don’t have to worry about someone throwing a towel at me and ‘turning out the lights’ as I’m walking toward a stairwell. Canine IQ score for this question:

+0 points for being safety conscious

Test 3: Can your dog recognize a smile?

This is a test of social learning.

How to do the test

1. Pick a time your dog is sitting about 2 meters away from you 2. The dog must not have been told to stay or sit 3. Stare intently into your dogs face, when your dog looks at you, count silently to 3 and then smile broadly

Scoring: If your dog comes with tail waging 5 points; If your dog comes slowly or only part of the way with no tail waging 4 points; If your dog stands or rises to a sitting position but does not move toward you 3 points; If your dog moves away from you 2 points; If your dog pays no attention 1 point

Why should I start wagging my tail if I see my owner smile? The only reason I can think of is if he’s got spinach or pesto between his teeth that he’s going to let me pick clean.

A more appropriate test would be to see if, after a dog farts, his owner’s facial expression changes. If Rover wags his tail in less than 10 seconds, not only is he capable of social learning but he’s also the proud owner/operator of a highly efficient fart power plant. Resulting Canine IQ score:

+0 points for being emotionless

Test 4: Retrieving from under a barrier

This is a test of your dog’s problem solving (con't at http://boknowsonline.com/2008/04/25/canine-mensa/)


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Humor; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: dog; iq; smart; test

1 posted on 05/10/2008 3:26:01 PM PDT by fings
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To: HairOfTheDog

This is fun ping.


2 posted on 05/10/2008 3:28:58 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: fings

3 posted on 05/10/2008 3:35:52 PM PDT by robomatik ((wine plug: renascentvineyards.com cabernet sauvignon, riesling, and merlot))
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To: Jean S

The test is not that complicated. If you paid money for it, your dog has a higher IQ than you do.


4 posted on 05/10/2008 3:50:38 PM PDT by proudtobeanamerican1 (Media -)
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To: fings

My dog is a criminal mastermind...he constantly evaluates my IQ.


5 posted on 05/10/2008 3:54:23 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: proudtobeanamerican1

It looks to me like it’s free and it’s funny.


6 posted on 05/10/2008 3:55:10 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: proudtobeanamerican1
"The test is not that complicated."

I passed with flying colors, but I will admit, that can thing had me stumped at first.

7 posted on 05/10/2008 3:55:11 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

LOL!
I’m going to try a few with my dog just for fun. She’s fairly intelligent but somewhat neurotic because I try things like this with her.


8 posted on 05/10/2008 3:57:30 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: Jean S

My little shepherd is a hurricane rescue from New Orleans, and true to his origins, he’s a born looter. Two weeks after I adopted him I came home and found a big screen tv and a brand new pair of Nike basketball shoes.


9 posted on 05/10/2008 4:04:07 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Stop it! You’re killing me.
I hope you kept the TV.


10 posted on 05/10/2008 4:06:09 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: Jean S

I told him he needed to take it back wherever he got it, but I suspect he buried it in the yard somewhere.


11 posted on 05/10/2008 4:08:29 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Mercat

Ping to Barkley.


12 posted on 05/10/2008 4:37:21 PM PDT by Huntress (Barack Obama--Not just another empty suit.)
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To: fings

My Border Collie doesn’t need this test ....she gives them.


13 posted on 05/10/2008 4:49:39 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("I Believe In The Law Until It Interferes With Justice")
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To: fings

14 posted on 05/10/2008 5:21:59 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: fings
dog
15 posted on 05/10/2008 5:37:46 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: Joe 6-pack

ROFLMAO!!


16 posted on 05/10/2008 5:39:18 PM PDT by Chieftain (RIP Texas Cowboy, 68-69 TonkinGulfYachtClub and Chief Negotiator, we miss you all.)
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To: fings

I’ll probably try this. I think my dog is going to be off the charts simply because she’s tiny, always hungry, and moves at about 50 MPH minimum.


17 posted on 05/10/2008 5:41:07 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: fings

I give my dog extra points if he doesn’t try and hump the mailman’s leg, or do a butt scoot in from of my mother-in-law. However, gooseing under my sister’s skirt with a wet nose is a triple bonus.


18 posted on 05/10/2008 5:46:58 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: SkyDancer
Big old Ben agrees..

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19 posted on 05/10/2008 5:50:18 PM PDT by divine_moment_of_facts
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To: divine_moment_of_facts

Is your’s a paddock BC or a field BC?

Mine is a paddock BC ....

Big Ben is a cutie .... how old?


20 posted on 05/10/2008 5:58:00 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("I Believe In The Law Until It Interferes With Justice")
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To: fings
Our doggie, Baxter, will have his one year 'birthday' with us in June. He replaced our 13 1/2 year old, dearly beloved Goldbug. Miss G was a little mixed breed terrier...about 13lbs and close to the ground. She was smart in her own way...she 'knew' chewing mom's furniture 'bad;' chewing dad's remote control 'really bad;' and 'ewwww, why would I drink from the toilet when they put clean, fresh water in bowl all the time?'

Now Mr. Baxter...well...he was with us about ten days when he 'learned' to open the lid of the kitchen trash can and partake of all the goodies hidden there. And he 'looks' around the corner to see if we are watching him! And he's broken the springy thingy that makes it pop. (Baxter is about 75 lbs...but also a terrier mix...go figure). We have to 'baby gate' the bathrooms because nothing is as refreshing as a drink from the commode...

So I think the doggie that doesn't knock over the can covering the treat is smart too...its just thinking...that could one of those lamp things...and I'm gonna get yelled at. :)PaMom

21 posted on 05/10/2008 6:00:28 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (I could never 'Keep Sweet' I am a bitter Pennsylvanian)
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To: fings

This test is predicated on the dog wanting the food. My wife had a dog that would have failed the test completely, food just didn’t interest him much.

Now put a female dog in the equation, different story altogether.


22 posted on 05/10/2008 7:46:34 PM PDT by HangThemHigh (Entropy's not what it used to be.)
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To: HangThemHigh
Now put a female dog in the equation, different story altogether.

You'll need a very big can for test #1.

23 posted on 05/10/2008 9:07:02 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: fings

24 posted on 05/10/2008 9:24:44 PM PDT by Alice in Wonderland (4-hshootingsports.org)
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To: Angel

I think you’ll enjoy this.


25 posted on 05/10/2008 9:27:57 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: fings

That can test is nothing. Try keeping a smart dog separated from food...

We had to keep food away from my late dog, since he would eat everything in the house. Before we settled on a padlocked metal can, his food was placed on top of the fridge.

This dog pushed a kitchen chair up to the refrigerator, climbed up, got the bag of food, climbed down and -— PUSHED THE CHAIR BACK TO THE TABLE!!! Then he tried to eat five pounds of dog chow.


26 posted on 05/10/2008 9:51:11 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: NormsRevenge; tubebender

27 posted on 05/11/2008 1:43:19 AM PDT by glock rocks ( Woof.)
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To: glock rocks; NormsRevenge

I just knew you would be here but you shocked me when I saw you drug Norm into this. Dolly the Canine just took her slave for a brisk one hour walk...


28 posted on 05/11/2008 6:21:18 AM PDT by tubebender ( Bo took another tag line and not one of you offered to help...)
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