Want to Know How Smart Your Dog Is? Here’s How to Find Out

By Maggie Rulli 03.25.2015 blog

maggie-dog3Growing up, I used to have long conversation with my dog Boo (check out the cute throw-back photo of us napping together). I’d tell her all about my day at school and she’d chat about what happened at home. We were best friends.

Ok… so she never actually chatted – I mean she’s a dog and I’m not crazy. But even though she couldn’t talk – I knew she got me. She knew how I was feeling and was always there for me.

Anyone who has ever had a dog already knows all of this. But here’s the thing – even though they’re man’s best friend, even though we spend more than 50 billion dollars on them a year, even though they live with us… dogs are mysterious in their own ways and we really don’t know that much about them. Scientists simply never thought their brains were worthy of study.

And that’s why Dognition is so cool. Not only are they barking up the tree of canine intelligence – they’re asking you and your pup to help.

maggie-dogs3So here’s the deal – head over to www.dognition.com. To get your free access to Dognition just email hello@dognition.com and mention you are a Channel One student and they will give you free access. Then,you sign up to become a citizen scientist. Meaning you and your pup do the research, send it to the Dognition experts, and then boom – science is made!

They’ll put you through a series of expert designed experiments. You do things like see how long your dog holds eye contact, if he sneaks around when you’re not looking, and just how well he can figure out which way you’re pointing.  The exercises all really easy, and there are videos online that walk you through the whole process.

maggie-dog2Once you’ve gathered up all your data, you send that info back to Dognition and the experts pour through your pup’s numbers.  So… think your dog is brainy? Maybe he’s an Einstein. Think your dog is friendly? Maybe he’s a socialite. Think your dog is a little out of it? Well, maybe he’s actually a stargazer and incredibly self-reliant. Or maybe he’s one of the other types of intelligent profiles Dognition has defined. But like Dognition expert say – every dog is smart and unique in his own way.

So when all is said and done – you get a detailed report on your dog and, in return,  Dognition gets canine cognition info from thousands of dogs all over the world. It’s a win for you – and for science!


  1. delanee

    i have a lot of dogs!! there soo cute mainly pits tho

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