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June 16, 2015

Dog Emotion and Cognition

I like staying up to date with the latest canine studies and there’s a growing body of research regarding canine emotion and cognition. A lot of great work is done at the Duke Canine Cognition Center, led by Dr. Brian Hare. I recently discovered Coursera offers a free online
I like staying up to date with the latest canine studies and there’s a growing body of research regarding canine emotion and cognition. A lot of great work is done at the Duke Canine Cognition Center, led by Dr. Brian Hare.I recently discovered Coursera offers a free online lecture series by Dr. Hare that covers the latest in the field. The course also gives free access to two modules on Dognition.com, modules which provide fun games to test how your pup thinks.16.1

I added Eko and Penny into Dognition profiles and got started

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The lectures are broken into short chunks, usually 5-10 minutes long

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The lectures use broader scientific principles to help discover the specific personality traits of your pup

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Using the lectures and the free games from Dognition, you find which profile fits your pup. Before testing you’re asked to guess where your pup will end up.

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I suspect Eko will be a “Charmer”

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There’s no “On the run from the law” option, so I think Penny will be a “Maverick.”

In addition to the games, I’ve found the lectures very informative. They cover everything from the evolutionary history of dogs to all the functional tasks dogs have served over the years.So if you’re interested in learning more about both the history of dogs and the fascinating ways they think, act and problem-solve, I highly recommend you check out the free course. I’ll be sure to report back after I’ve completed the course and tested both Eko and Penny.

Comments for Dog Emotion and Cognition

  1. Oh that sounds great… but it could be scary to find out the way Easy thinks… please keep me informed… I’m curious if you were right “charmer” and “maverick” :o)

  2. cdog5 says:

    This sounds fascinating, Will. I’ll definitely check out the site/free course! Thanks! 🙂

  3. Kismet says:

    Good luck with trying to figure out Penny. Just sayin’ …..

  4. Too bad there wasn’t a “WILD WOMAN” category available for Penny!

    Hugs, Sammy

  5. This aspect of technology seems very cool. I’m afraid I will find out that Sam will be categorized as a stubborn but sweet slacker but we’ll see what the official designation turns out to be. Thanks for the heads-up. 🙂

  6. Abbie says:

    Awesome! This sounds really interesting! I’ll certainly check it out when I get a chance. I’m always looking to increase my doggie understanding. 😛 I can’t wait to see how my dog comes out! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Sounds like you know your pups already. Now, here’s the most question. What were Penny and Eko doing during the Blackhawks game??

  8. Emmadog says:

    We will have to make a note of that and give it a whirl when life slows down a bit in a couple weeks. Sounds interesting.

  9. Can’t wait to read what the are. Jack is a ProtoDog. I was never able to finish Maggie’s – she’s still a bit too fearful to participate in some of the games.

  10. Elyse says:

    That sounds great! I’m going to take the quiz now. Is there a category for spoiled pup? (Actually, I think all of our dogs fit that one!)

  11. ohhhh can’t wait to find out the answers.

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