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How Do Dogs Learn Words? Just Like Kids (Op-Ed)

General November 16, 2013

But what is truly remarkable about Chaser, the border collie who has taken the world by storm, is how she learns words. When Chaser played the game that tested the same ability in the citizen science project Dognition, not surprisingly, she was off the charts. John Pilley, Chaser’s owner and author of the new book Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013) taught Chaser words in a similar way. Then Pilley asked Chaser to fetch a toy using a new word she had never heard before, like ‘Fuzzbee’.

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