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Dogs, with their varying smarts, may be able to tell us more about the nature of intelligence in all animals – including humans! Try out these three canine intelligence tests to see if your pet is above or below average – or right on par with the dogs in this study. Keep in mind that we’re comparing the results to border collies and everyone’s testing environment is a little different, so below average/average/above average is the most accurate measurement (compared to some other tests online that have scoring systems). So smart. Much fun. 🐕
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Arden, R., & Adams, M. J. (2016). A general intelligence factor in dogs. Intelligence, 55, 79-85. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016028961630023X
Coren, S. (2006). The intelligence of dogs: A guide to the thoughts, emotions, and inner lives of our canine companions. Simon and Schuster. https://books.google.com/books?id=nBzuXFdFECEC
Dogs’ Intelligence on Par with 2-Year-Old Human http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2009/08/dogs-think.aspx