Category: cognitive ability

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He wanted a drink, but the water level was too low for him to reach. He has mad problem solving skills.

This was the exact moment that I realized 1. my dog was a genius and 2. that I had seriously underestimated dogs’ cognitive skills.


goddamn, dogs can do this???

Yes!!! I remember that I was watching him and at first I couldn’t figure out what he was doing… I saw him try to reach for a drink and he couldn’t, then he went and picked up and dropped the bowl a couple of times … and once I saw him drop it in and try to pick it up and I realized what he was doing I went “holy shit” and tried to get a video but hit the wrong button in my excitement and got the above pics instead, which still worked out.

I have never seen him do it again, but I also don’t think he has ever been on a situation where he would need to do it again; so I don’t know if he would actually replicate it or not if given the opportunity, but DAMN it was so cool to see.

Holy crap, this is neat.

My dog has learned to do weird things like this as well. I’ve put puzzles together, like his Kong toys inside a Holee Roller, and tried to see if he could figure it out. At first he tried throwing the HR to knock the toy out, and when that didn’t work he learned that by putting his paws on either side of the toy inside, he could collapse the ball enough so that he could grab an edge and pull it through.

He’s learned multiple techniques with his treat toys and they don’t last long at all. Most impressive to me is how he tries different “tricks” to get treats out, and once he learns what works he begins to streamline the process and learns that X toy can be solved by doing Y over and over again.

So for his Planet Dog Snoop toy, he learned that he could roll it around as it’s intended to be used… but what about the remaining nuggets of food that can’t be rolled out? He holds the toy between his paws, sticks his face in the middle of it and slurps out the rest.

For the PetSafe Cactus and Squirrel Buddy, picking them up gently by the top end and holding them 2-3 inches above the ground will knock food out. He doesn’t attempt rolling the Squirrel Buddy despite it being rounded like the Snoop.

For any Kongs, he picks them up by the small end and throws them in the air. He never rolls these, doesn’t try the hold-and-hover, he always throws them hard to dislodge anything inside. He’s learned that this is the best way to get stuck food out, and with frozen Kongs he alternates between licking the inside to thaw it out and throwing it.

I don’t have a single treat toy he hasn’t figured out yet, he always manages to eliminate techniques that work for other toys but not The New Toy.