World's Smartest Dog

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  1. obeygiant macrumors 68040

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    World's Smartest Dog Knows More Than 1,000 Words

    I totally believe it. These border collies are great dogs- very smart and so fun to play with.
     
  2. dmr727 macrumors G3

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  3. waiwai macrumors regular

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    You had better know at least 1500 words, you're human.
     
  4. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    I don't mean to ruin your life, but just letting you know -- Snoopy is a dog.

    Now, now, keep away from that rope, you'll grow to accept the fact, don't worry.

    ;)
     
  5. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    His 5 best words:

    "Oh oh, that's not good!!"

    :p
     
  6. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    I take it the UT cheers and school song and then the OU Suck chants should nearly max you out.
     
  7. jim4spam macrumors member

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    Interesting that the link is for FOX news. Shouldn't it have been for DOG news.

    Amused me, anyway.....;)
     
  8. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    Let's hope they were not insinuating that the "dog" might now more words or might be smarter then that lady from Alaska! :eek:
     
  9. Gonzo3333 macrumors 6502a

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    Does it understand "use the toilet" yet?....I didn't think so.
     
  10. markfrautschi macrumors member

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    How was the dog's vocabulary tested?

    The article does not say whether the dog was tested by someone else, absent the trainer. The dog could be responding to the owner's body language, rather than the vocabulary. In the case of the horse Clever Hans, the horse learned to count by observing a subtle relaxation in the owner's body language when the correct number was reached. Even the owner was unaware of the assistance he was providing to the horse.

    With the border collie, there may be a remarkable amount of learning going on, but it may be happening more on the level of body language and less on the level of vocabulary.

    I would be interested to know if any controlled tests were made.

    https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Clever_Hans
     
  11. turtle777 macrumors 6502a

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    Way to spoil a joke. :(

    -t
     

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