“Aren’t you just the smartest little guy in the whole entire world?”
Be honest: You’ve probably said this to your dog before. Maybe it’s because he once successfully fetched a tennis ball that was hidden by some bushes. Or how about that time he barked in the direction of your apartment keys while you were looking for them? Or perhaps it’s how he can make toaster waffles for you in the morning. (OK, that last one is actually really smart.)
If you are looking to quantify that hunch about your pup’s superior brain power, there is now an app for you.
Duke University’s “Dognition” project is trying to revolutionize scientific understanding of canine cognition by crowdsourcing data about man’s best friends from around the world.
“In a weekend, we could have 10,000, maybe 50,000 people give data,” Brian Hare, associate professor in evolutionary anthropology at Duke, director of Duke’s Canine Cognition Center and creator of the “Dognition” app, told LiveScience. “I can’t even say how big of a quantum leap this will be.”
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