Dognition helps profile a dog’s personality
DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Have you ever wondered how your dog thinks?
You can find out through a series of tests called Dognition.
Three years ago, CBS North Carolina first introduced you to Dognition and the local researcher, Brian Hare, who created it.
In the years since, researchers say they’ve learned a lot.
Dognition is made up of a series of tests that measure a dog’s cognitive ability. After completing the tests, a dog’s data is compared to tens of thousands of others.
“One of the things we’ve been able to show is dogs really have different cognitive abilities,” Hare explained.
Some dogs presented with a sealed container of food will try to open it on their own. Others will ask a human for help.
Hare says a dog’s breed doesn’t necessarily predict how it will think or act.
“When you work with Labrador retrievers who help people with disabilities and