Think your dog is a genius? Well, who doesn't! You may be surprised to know there is a website called dognition.com which promises to give you a glimpse into the mind behind your best friend's furry little face.
America Now visited Dognition's headquarters in Durham, NC, to see how they are able to figure out the personalities of thousands of different dogs.
Jessica Law says her dog, Tyson, is one quirky canine.
"I would describe him as the awkward kid on the playground," Law said.
According to data from Dognition.com, Tyson isn't really timid at all. He's just a "charmer" and that's different, of course, from other canine types like "stargazers" and "renaissance" dogs. Dognition says there are nine unique types in total.
The purpose of Dognition is to map out a dog's cognitive profile which includes how he sees the world, and what he's thinking.
It's all based on canine research conducted by Dr. Brian Hare, Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University.
"There's been a revolution over the past 10 years over how much we understand about the dog's mind," Dr. Hare said.
So in fact, there are complex problem-solving processes going on inside that toilet-bowl-drinking mammal's mind.
To discover them, dognition.com gives pet owners a personality test for their pup.
The questions range from the basics like -- is your dog afraid of fireworks? -- to the more…insightful -- how often does Tyson sniff another dog's urine?
The answers to these and other questions about your dog's behavior is where different cognitive dimensions are revealed.
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In this game, we watched a dog named Jet repeatedly go to the cup her human pointed to even if she saw the treat as it was being placed under another cup.
Dognition says that's because Jet is a socialite, and he is reliant on cues.
"Dogs have incredible unique personalities and once you understand the way they use their personalities to navigate their world, you can have a deeper, richer relationship with them," said Kip Frey, the CEO of Dognition.
Jenn Merritt is a dog trainer with Blue Dog Creature Coaching. She uses dognition to help her clients tailor training to the unique way their canine needs to communicate.
"Maybe they're not so stubborn, maybe they just have trouble learning in the way you are trying to teach them," Merritt said.
Law said she finally figured out the reason for Tyson's trance.
"You sort of feel this presence, he's just staring at you," she said.
As a charmer, he's just bonding or giving you a big hug with those big, brown eyes.
She says that kind of insight, however, isn't enough for her to make the investment.
"I feel like after nine years, I know my dog really well," Law said.
Still, she admitted, it was fun giving her dog the test.
Remember, there are no right or wrong answers. There's no pass or fail.
And by the way, these tests can not be used on your cat, or your significant other to better understand their unusual behaviors!
"This was designed to be used for dogs, not for people," said Dr. Hare while laughing.
It is worth pointing out, Dognition is not an IQ test. Dr. Hare says you simply can't plot a single number to measure intelligence.
Instead, he said, Dognition measures different types of intelligence.
Whether you're an Einstein or an expert dog, you'll have something both you and your dog can brag about the next time you're at the dog park.
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