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We all know our dogs are smart but, just like people, they can be smart in different ways. Brian Hare, an associate professor at Duke University's Center for Cognitive Neuroscience has identified nine basic ways that dogs solve problems, including Einstein, maverick, charmer, and socialite. To find out which of these fit your dog you can now go to Dognition.com and give your dog the test.
The website, which helps humans better understand their dogs, is run by a start-up company in North Carolina. It isn't going to give you the results in terms of percentages and mystifying graphs, but it will give you an in-depth report about your dog's cognitive profile.
For a modest fee you and your dog can sign up for the test. The test includes a questionnaire and a series of scientifically designed games to play. The games take around an hour to play and include such things as hiding treats under cups. They test memory, reasoning, cunning, and communication.
If your dog doesn't turn out to be an Einstein, it doesn't mean that your dog isn't smart -- just that it uses other avenues to solve problems and understand what is going on in the world.
Laurie Kay Olson
Animal News Blogger