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Your Dog Isn't So Smart After All

Got a smart dog? No, you don't ... according to science, that is!

Researchers from the University of Exeter and Canterbury Christ Church University found that dogs actually aren't all that intelligent:

The study examined more than 300 papers on the intelligence of dogs and other animals, and found several cases of "over interpretation" in favour of dogs' abilities.
"During our work it seemed to us that many studies in dog cognition research set out to 'prove' how clever dogs are," said Professor Stephen Lea, of the University of Exeter.
"They are often compared to chimpanzees and whenever dogs 'win', this gets added to their reputation as something exceptional.
"Yet in each and every case we found other valid comparison species that do at least as well as dogs do in those tasks."

Read the rest over at Phys.org

Image: Lab-Rador by louisros


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