A Study Said Dogs Weren't As Clever As We Thought... And Dogs Bit Back
So a report just came out suggesting canines weren't the good boys we all thought they were.
A new study just published in the journal Learning and Behavior has supposedly found that dogs aren't the Cute Little Geniuses we all thought they were. In fact, they're cognitively quite ordinary when compared to other carnivores, domestic animals, and social hunters. “There is no current case for canine exceptionalism,” the authors say.
I'm sorry, WHA???
In their report, British psychologists Stephen Lea and Britta Osthaus say they found dogs to be unremarkable in their cognitive capabilities compared to wolves, cats, dolphins, chimpanzees, pigeons, and several other species.
Pigeons? PIGEONS? How very dare you.
For example, they say, dogs seem no better at learning associations, say between sitting down and getting a reward for doing it -- than other species. Similarly, dogs can spatially navigate within small spaces, but other species can, too. And yes, while dogs have an great sense of smell, the “pig’s olfactory abilities are outstanding and might even be better than the dog’s.”
And -- look away Lassie -- it gets worse. Dogs do not appear to be exceptional in their ability to perceive and use communicative signals from humans. In fact, the actual champions in the arean of following human hand signals are the bottlenose dolphin and the grey seal.
But can you take them for a walk? No.
Needless to say, the dogs bit back -- and the results were hilarious.
End of story. Dogs 1, Humans 0.
We rest our case.