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Is Your Dog Smarter (and More Sensitive) Than a Preschooler?

Written by PETA | August 11, 2009
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Reading Dog

Recent research shows that dogs are at least as clever as a 2-year-old human child—but dear Rex won’t yell “No!” at everything, like a kid in the throes of the “terrible twos.”

Dogs can learn, on average, between 250 and 165 words, depending on which study you read. They have basic math skills (and can even call us out when we add incorrectly), and they’re skilled problem-solvers. Perhaps they are more like 20-year-olds.

Come to think of it, this might explain why Lassie always had to save Timmy from falling down wells.

If you really want to get inside another animal’s head, allow me to direct you to New Orleans, where a virtual-reality exhibit allows humans to experience what it must be like to have the heightened senses of sight and hearing that other species enjoy naturally.

The exhibit allows visitors to see in ultraviolet light, as birds do, and hear the ultra-low frequencies that whales and other animals communicate in every day.

It looks as if Mark Twain was on the right track when he said, “It is just like man’s vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because [he or she] is dumb to his dull perceptions.”

Written by Jeff Mackey

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  • Hugo Pottisch says:

    I got my dog and my mother accustomed to each other so that she would look after him from time to time. My mother developed a routine were she would first offer a healthy treat which he did not enjoy so much. Only if eaten would he get the tasty treat he liked. I could have told her that this was a risky strategy. What happened was that he quickly learned to hide the healthy treats under the bed so that he could claim the tasty ones. When my mother discovered all this when cleaning under the bed she was very impressed. Especially with his acting. No young human child could do that with such perfection. Our dog is only 3 years old. No human 3 year old could do that. My mother doubted that a smart 6 year old could have tricked her that way. PS What on earth does “mental plane” as used in the title of the article mean. I feel on the same mental plane as my dog although I am much much older than him.

  • melissa hughes says:

    I read an article the other day maybe the same study they went on to say that basically beagles are dumb. I adopted an adult beagle who had never lived indoors and within a few weeks she had the run of my house because she was that trustworthy Not smart indeed!

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Dogs are consistently man’s best friend but in too many instances inhumane humans harm and kill loyal canines. Dogs are morally superior to most people.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    When I was studying to be a veterinary assistant my teacher brought something similar to this into the classroom. It was facinating! She also brought in a program that simulates the range of vision different animals have. It was interesting to see the way the world appears to a being whose eyes are positioned on the sides of its head.