“Genius dogs” remember the names of 100 toys
Some dogs have the ability to remember more than 100 toy names, scientists have found.
Six border collie dogs from around the world – who were identified through the Genius Dog Challenge – have learned to learn toy names.
Scientists found that most learned 12 new toy names in one week and remembered them for two months.
It is really unusual for dogs to remember the names of objects, so researchers believe that these dogs will be useful in helping to understand how words are understood by non-humans.
Principal researcher Shany Dror, from the Family Dog Project at Eotvos Lorand University in Hungary, said: “We know that dogs can easily learn words related to actions, like sitting or sitting.
“But very few dogs can learn object names. For over two years, we searched the world for dogs who had learned the names of their toys, and we managed to find six.”
The dogs involved were Max from Hungary, Gaia from Brazil, Nalani from the Netherlands, Squall from the United States, Whiskey from Norway and Rico from Spain.
To qualify to participate in the study, animals had to prove that they knew the names of more than 28 toys, some knowing more than 100.
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