~Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words
By John W. Pilley
John Pilley had taught animal behavior for many years, always incorporating his dogs into his curriculum. When he retired he needed that same challenge, and indeed he found it in Chaser.
Intrigued by Chaser’s intelligence, as well as her eagerness, Pilley set out to see how much Chaser could learn. He spent hours every day designing ways to teach Chaser. He also created experiments to test her. Having logged results, Pilley goes into great detail explaining his methods.
By the age of three, Chaser had actually learned 1022 words, reacting and responding correctly to each word. In addition to this she can reason using the process of elimination, by sorting through items to find the unfamiliar one.
While I am sure not every dog can, or is meant to, rise to this level, I keep in mind that not every human being is “a genius”. However, this book does illustrate the possibilities of animal intelligence, particularly the dog. Border Collies are believed by many authorities to have the highest intelligence of all dogs, and therefore need constant challenges.
Dog lovers will enjoy the interaction and connection between Pilley & Chaser. This book also offers understanding of the way dogs think and their motivation. In understanding your dog you can change or enhance their behaviours; this is what proper training is all about. Proper training makes for a good foundation and a solid bond between a dog and his or her family.