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Dog Memorized Over 1,000 Toys

Dog Memorized Over 1,000 Toys

After three years of training by researchers, a border collie named Chaster was able to recognize 1,022 toys by name. The researchers admitted the dog remembered the names of all the toys better than they did. They also said that is was possible Chaser could learn even more toys if they spent additional time training him.

“This research is important because it demonstrates that dogs, like children, can develop extensive vocabularies and understand that certain words represent individual objects and other words represent categories of objects, independent in meaning of what one is asked to do with those objects,” said Alliston Reid, one of the researchers at Wofford College in South Carolina. (Source:

Was this test indicative of true dog intelligence even though it was created by humans? What do we still have yet to learn regarding the intelligence of other species?  Perhaps some day it will be possible to recognize what true dog intelligence is.

Recent research has revealed much about canine intelligence. For instance, molecular analysis has shown that dogs can remember 4,000 different smells in a natural environment, including in changing weather conditions.

Psychologist and physiologist Peter Levine has done a lot of research and writing about the capacity wild animals have for releasing trauma from their bodies so they can continue functioning normally. This innate ability has been studied as a model for how humans can also release the energy of emotional trauma rather than remain depressed, anxious, or phobic for years following traumatic experiences.

What do you think? Are you surprised by this study? Or are you not shocked to hear that animals can be smarter than humans sometimes?

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12:47PM PST on Nov 28, 2012


2:30PM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Well according to experts ,the most inteligent ones are the border collies

6:28PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Animals are smart. Thanks for sharing.

1:00AM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

thanks for sharing.

4:02AM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

I have read that dogs are mostly color blind, but see yellow and green so I always try to take yellow toys to the dog park so my dog can find them better in the grass. When my husband threw green toys for her she could see them just as well, even if they were very small. So I have to wonder now about the color blindness thing.

3:58AM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

My neighbor had a Westie that knew all of her many toys by name--even the ones that looked identical to us. For instance, you could ask her to get her oldest pig, the pig she got for Christmas, or her newest pig. We thought they must have had different scents or something. Who knows?

8:37AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

No, I am NOT surprised by this study!!

What surprised me was that the researchers 'admitted' that the dog remembered the names of all the toys better than they did (LOL).

1:30PM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

Animals ARE smart!
Thank you

6:58AM PDT on Apr 21, 2011


9:52PM PDT on Apr 8, 2011

You have to be cosistent with words and actions training dogs.

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