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November 16, 2012

[VIDEO] Our Science Experiment

Eko and I may not be scientists, but we can play ones on the internet.  A couple weeks ago we watched a great documentary about dogs that discussed how dogs outperform even chimps when it comes to tests of social cognition.  Thankfully they also said that in regular words, so
Eko and I may not be scientists, but we can play ones on the internet.  A couple weeks ago we watched a great documentary about dogs that discussed how dogs outperform even chimps when it comes to tests of social cognition.  Thankfully they also said that in regular words, so I learned that it means dogs watch human behavior for clues as to how they should behave.  This skill was demonstrated in the documentary with a demonstration of dogs watching a person point to one cup or the other before deciding which cup to check for a treat.  We recreated the experiment in the apartment with some pretty cool results – check it out! 
 If you try this experiment with your pup, let us know how it goes.  Happy weekend to all!

Comments for [VIDEO] Our Science Experiment

  1. hahahaha that is great! I point at a bird and my dogs look at my finger! We will try cups.

  2. Tiffany F. says:

    Hahha Those poor solo cups. 😉 Do you think part of the reason they do so well is because they can smell the treats under the cup you’re pointing to?

  3. We haven’t tried the experiment yet, but we already know that Bailey loves to destroy plastic cups…using the same blow-out technique Eko seems to favor, where the sides peel down like a banana! 🙂

    BTW, exciting Purina news here…that winning Beneful dog park entry is from OUR town! Beau attends the “other” dog park in town, not ours, but we can’t wait to see what they build! – we’re willing to switch, for water features and an indoor play area! 🙂

  4. LuAnn says:

    That’s pretty amazing or Eko is just super intelligent. 🙂

  5. This was fantastic! I have to try this with Dakota. Eko made me nervous though chewing that cup! This was just great! We love you guys!

  6. I think I’d be great at that, I can sniff a treat a mile away 🙂

  7. onebluedog says:

    What a smart pup Eko is! You guys make a great team!

  8. I wish someone would hide my treats this week. Good one Eko (and Will).

  9. M.A. says:

    Aww haha Ekos so smart!! Just dont let him swallow any of those solo cup pieces or youll be in for quite the hefty vet bill!! Hope his fracture is healing quickly! (Hope u dont mind I borrowed his x-ray to show to some fellow vet students 🙂

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