World’s Smartest Dog? Meet a Border Collie Whose Memory Astounds
PBS host Neil deGrasse Tyson visited Pilley and Chaser recently for a Nova documentary and quizzed the dog’s remarkable memory with a random sampling of toys. The toys were placed in another room, and as Tyson called out the items by name, Chaser would go and retrieve them.
Tyson also brought along a new toy — a doll named “Darwin” — which Chaser had never seen before. When he asked her to find it in the other room, Chaser could locate the doll amid the other toys, inferring that the new object was connected with the new word.
“Whoa! “ Tyson said to Chaser, tail wagging with “Darwin” in her mouth.
Chaser has also demonstrated the ability to understand verbs, including “find,” “nose” and “paw,” performing each of the actions on any of the 1000 objects.
Researchers suggest that Chaser’s abilities represent far more than an impressive trick — they could give insight into how human beings learn language. Other dogs have shown a similar knack for acquiring words.
“The flexibility we see in dogs seems to be very similar to what you see in young children at a very important age in their development,” said animal researcher Brian Hare at the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences.
The dog used deductive reasoning to figure out the new toy. Pretty amazing, but dogs are amazing.
I saw that on Netflix — it was pretty amazing. You could see the wheels turning in the dog’s head. :)
Saw that, too.
Not only amaizing, the dog is simply adorable.
Odin knows the names of his toys by genre.
“Get yer bone” is anything like a bone or antler.
“Get yer chewy” is anything rawhide/bully stick.
“Get yer ball” is obvious.
“Get yer squeaky” covers the insane amount of other-shaped squeak toys he owns.
[I’m too lazy to “name” them all so we went for generic descriptions]
“Get Gypsy” means break up the girls’ current bicker-fest.
“Git ‘em!” is self explanatory.
I thought Coco the gorilla proved this long ago (along with nearly every dog I had since childhood)?