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If Chase knows 1,000 words than that's impressive. The video showed him being asked to get a ball or get a toy, which was not all that impressive.

 

A long time ago, there was a board member here who posted a video of his dog being asked to locate dolls of specific (I think it was) presidents/celebrities placed throughout the home. That was pretty cool. If it's possible to relocate the link to that, I'd love to see it again.

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A long time ago, there was a board member here who posted a video of his dog being asked to locate dolls of specific (I think it was) presidents/celebrities placed throughout the home. That was pretty cool. If it's possible to relocate the link to that, I'd love to see it again.

 

I didn't find the thread, but I think this is the video you mean:

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My old landlord had an Airedale named Cleo who knew the names of like 50 toys ... they were all named after the people who had given them to her as gifts over the years. So she could go get Frank, or Anna, or Jessie or what have you. I don't know from Airedales so I don't know if Cleo was an exceptionally smart one or what, but I don't think it's that difficult to teach object discrimination to dogs overall. Agility dogs learn it every day; I think it's just a matter of transferring the same idea to toys. With no real training on my part, mine know the difference between a ball, a frisbee and a soccer ball when I ask them to go get that particular thing, so I think if I put any effort into it, I could really refine that!

 

There was a great video posted a while back about some dogs who were learning to identify and retrieve objects that LOOKED like other objects, which I found somewhat more impressive (it was a border collie, natch). So the researcher would hold up a small soccer ball and the dog would look at it, leave the room and go to the toy room and bring back a real live soccer ball. Very intriguing!

 

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