Sunday, December 23, 2007

DVR Alert: Are you a genius?

According to National Georgraphic:
We share the planet with 400 million dogs: toy dogs, working dogs, champion dogs and artistic dogs; dogs who know what to do in an emergency; and dogs who know their way around a couch. For over 12,000 years, they've been our essential survival aids and our constant companions. But how smart are dogs? Most dog owners would say they're geniuses and point to their pup as living proof. National Geographic joins scientists and dog trainers to explore the dog smarts in surprising new ways, unlocking the truth about man's best friend.
And from the Ann Arbor News:
Barbara Smuts thought this dog owner must be a crackpot. The woman from Maryland kept insisting her dog was going into the backyard and arranging his many plush toys into geometric shapes of circles, parallel lines and triangles.

Come on, you must be helping him, responded Smuts, a psychology professor at the University of Michigan who studies canine social behavior.

And if you're not, the neighbors must be playing a trick on you, she said.

The woman steadfastly ruled out Smuts's reservations, and the professor eventually flew to Maryland to visit the woman and her dog, Donnie. Smuts now believes Donnie is, in fact, creating the displays.

Cable TV viewers will be able to make up their minds about Donnie on Sunday, (December 23) when he and Smuts will be featured on a National Geographic Channel documentary called "Dog Genius." The show airs at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. EST.


  1. I just watched this and although the dogs were very interesting, it was obvious that the research was flawed. Also, a lot of what they said about human brains was either mis-represented or completely incorrect. (The advantage of living with a Neuro-phys freak with a PhD is psycho-biology)
    Too bad.. could have been a really good show. At least the bit on Service dogs was excellent.. everything that trainer did with touching pads of the feet and other brain stimulating exercises is a chapter right out of Linda Tellington Jones' work. We did it with our puppies.. it works!

  2. Hi, Johann. I think I've missed the show this time around. Do you know if I've read the online programme right and it's on again in a week's time?

  3. Sounds interesting and a little bit funny. I even don't know who is kidding us or may be this Donnie is capable of creating the displays. And about stats - very nice!


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