Dogs help explain how children learn language

I came across this fascinating story about Chaser – a clever border collie who lives in the USA who knows 1,022 nouns, a record that explains the unexpected depths of the canine mind. The experiment proved that Chaser acquired a referential understanding of nouns, an ability normally attributed to children. According to the article, most border collies with special training could be pretty close to Chaser’s achievements. Now that’s a challenge for those of you who own one. Make sure you let me know of your progress! Happy training

About Dr Kate

Perth vet and proprietor of Kalmpets Animal Behaviour Centre and Dog Day Care, Dr Kate Lindsey completed a first class honours degree in zoology and neuroscience at UWA, followed by a veterinary degree with first class honours, at Murdoch. Since graduating in 2005, Dr Kate has worked as a vet in small animal practices around Perth. As her zoological roots show, she has always had an interest in animal behaviour. Dr Kate successfully completed a post-graduate program in veterinary behaviour medicine and was admitted as a member of The Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Animal Behaviour in 2012. She is a qualified veterinarian behaviourist. Dr Kate established Kalmpets in 2012, Western Australia’s only sole focus mobile vet behaviour practice that delivered comprehensive solutions to improve behaviour problems in dogs, cats and pets.

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