WHO’S a clever boy then? Well, that all depends on whether you’re talking to your baby or your dog.
For every flash of genius we see in our children or our trusty canines, there will be just as many occasions for us to overlook their eagerness to drink out of a toilet.
Nonetheless, our instinct is to focus on the positive.
We want to believe that inside, they really do understand.
And that leads every man to wonder, which is smarter – my dog or my kid?
At Champion Dads, we are here to finally provide the answer to this age-old conundrum.
In 2009, there was a study done into this.
The relatives of the academics wished they were out curing cancer, but this is how they chose to spend their years at university.
They found dogs could understand up to 150 words and could deceive other dogs and people to win treats.
In other words outwit some humans.
The study was presented to the American Psychological Association’s 117th Annual Convention, if you can imagine such a thing.
According to several behavioral measures, it found dogs’ mental abilities are close to a human child age 2 to 2.5 years.
It also turns out dogs can add and will notice errors in simple computations.
They know 1 +1 should equal two. It’s something even toddlers struggle to grasp.
While we feel this just about nails it, here’s a little discussion of the same topic in the New York Times.
For another discussion, here is a link to a BBC story about whether babies are smarter than a chimpanzee..
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