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Maska, the Charmer, participates in new canine research study



Maska is a male Husky living in Toronto, Canada with his little fur sister Adler. Maska’s mom Nancy purchased the Embark Vet dog DNA test to see if Maska was indeed a purebred Siberian Husky, and to see if he was at risk for any genetic diseases. Contrary to popular belief, many dogs sold as purebreds have other breeds mixed in. To Nancy’s delight and relief, Maska’s Embark dog DNA test results revealed that he is indeed a purebred Husky and is not at risk for any genetic diseases.


When Nancy found out about the research partnership between Embark Vet and Dognition, she eagerly completed the Dognition assessment with Maska to learn as much as she could about her beloved dog and to participate in our new canine behavioral genetics research study.

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Back to school: lifelong learning opportunities for you and your dog



While kids everywhere are going back to school, Dognition has a ton of educational opportunities for you and the other bright minds in your house.

coursera The free online class from Coursera, Dog Emotion and Cognition, will introduce you to the exciting new study of dog psychology, what the latest discoveries tell us about how dogs think and feel about us, and how we can use this new knowledge to strengthen our relationship with our best friends. If you’d like to get a certificate, there is a fee. The course runs every 6 weeks.


Dognition’s Dr. Brian Hare joined Reddit’s Ask Science ‘Ask Me Anything’ on June 30, 2016. You can read through the Q&A and learn more about the inner workings of your dog’s brain, how they see the world, and the cognitive skills that influence your dog’s personality and behavior.


The DogSmarts podcast, hosted by Dr. Brian Hare, explores a dog’s brain through the lens of human cognition. Through stories and interviews, he tackles questions about memory, word learning, navigation, nutrition, and love in six podcast episodes. Available on iTunes and Google Play.

“DogSmarts” is sponsored by Purina® Pro Plan® BRIGHT MIND®, a breakthrough in pet nutrition created to nourish a dog’s mind. Discover more at www.dognition.com/brightmind.

plos-one1 ‘Citizen Science as a New Tool in Dog Cognition Research”

This research paper evaluates the quality of the first data on dog cognition collected by citizen scientists using the Dognition.com website.  This analysis suggests that in the future, citizen scientists will generate useful datasets that test hypotheses and answer questions as a complement to conventional laboratory techniques used to study dog psychology.


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What You Don’t See About Your Dog

We all love our fur friends dearly, but given how much time we spend with them, it’s easy for us to overlook important things that are right in front of our eyes.

To show you what we mean, we invite you to take a look at the video posted below. Silently count how many passes the individuals in white shirts make with the basketball.

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Dognition: Way beyond the IQ Test

We’ve been hearing a lot of people referring to Dognition as an “IQ test for dogs” (here’s looking at you, Conan!). Calling Dognition an IQ test conjures up some pretty funny images. Dogs squinting over Scantrons with No. 2 pencils, solving word problems and math equations. If we were giving dogs a traditional IQ test, the scores probably wouldn’t be very high.

This is because we think about intelligence differently these days. When we look at the intelligence of animals, we start with how well they’ve been able to survive as a species. By that measure, dogs are the second most successful mammal on Earth, right behind humans. They’ve learned how to get another species (us) to take care of their every need, to feed them, play with them, and let them sleep in our beds. Continue reading

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The Genius of Dogs and Behaviorism

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The Genius of Dogs is intended as a fun yet comprehensive review of the published scientific literature relevant to understanding dog cognition. In the last ten years there has been an explosion of scientific research and discovery around dog cognition, and this work had not yet been reviewed in a popular book. Dognition is of course largely based on ideas and work reviewed in The Genius of Dogs.

The book explains how a cognitive approach allowed for the discovery of dog genius as well as an appreciation for the limits of dogs’ abilities. We used this new knowledge to propose a cognitive approach to training dogs Continue reading

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