Friday, January 21, 2011

A Dog Knows 1,022 Nouns!

Chaser, a border collie, knows 1,022 nouns. Her owner, John W. Pilley, is a psychologist, he taught at Wofford College for 30 years. They live in Spartanburg, South Carolina. John trained Chaser by showing her objects and reciting their names over and over; John would hide the toys, say the name and tell Chaser to find it. Chaser learned around 2 names a day.

Border collies are extremely intelligent. Unlike most children, Chaser enjoys her tests and drills, she finds them fun. Border collies herd sheep, if they can't they will go crazy.

John had troubles with all the names, so he wrote it on the toy. After 3 years of learning, Chaser knew 800 stuffed animals, 116 balls, 26 Frisbees, and more.

My dog only knows a few words they are: walk, ball, treat, go, car, and Mr. Bloozy.

 If you want to learn more click here to go to the New York Times.

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