Things You Didn’t Know About Dog Intelligence

As dog lovers we as a whole think our mutts are savvy in spite of the insights of the most intelligent breeds, with Border Collies being at the top. However, dogs are much more intelligent, there is more knowledge to a pooch than simply playing fetch or answering to our commands.

Did you know that according to American Urological Association, dogs can detect some cancers in humans? Sounds odd right but think about, dogs are trained to sniff out drugs, explosives and even intruders. Canine sense of smell is said to be 100,000 times more acute than ours and prostate cancer cells may discharge particular scents [1]. Researchers from American Urological Association trained Belgian Malinois Shepherd Dogs to distinguish the smell of urine from men with prostate cancer and those without, at the end of the study the dogs correctly identified 63 out of 66 samples.

What else do we know about dog intelligence… Well, did you know that humans aren’t the only ones with an IQ. It's hard to believe, but it's true, the average dog has the mental abilities of a 2 year old child.

Scientists are modifying tests for dogs that were originally developed to measure skills in children. Stanley Coren, a canine expert notes in an arithmetic test, dogs watch as one treat and then another treat are lowered down behind a screen. When the screen gets lifted, the dogs, if they get arithmetic (1+1=2), will expect to see two treats. (For toddlers, other objects would be used.)

But say the scientist swipes one of the treats, or adds another so the end result is one, or three treats, respectively. "Now we're giving him the wrong equation which is 1+1=1, or 1+1=3," Coren said. Sure enough, studies show the dogs get it. "The dog acts surprised and stares at it for a longer period of time, just like a human kid would," he said [2].

Try it, what’s your dog’s IQ?

1.Benjamin Radford, Live Science -

2. Jeanna Bryner, Live Science -

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