By John W. Pilley
The remarkable tale of a truly shrewdpermanent Border collie who's redefining animal intelligence.
Chaser has a manner with phrases. She understands over 1000 of them—more than the other animal of any species other than people. as well as universal nouns like condominium, ball, and tree, she has memorized the names of multiple thousand toys and will retrieve any of them on command. in keeping with that studying, she and her proprietor and coach, retired psychologist John Pilley, have moved directly to extra remarkable feats, demonstrating her skill to appreciate sentences with a number of parts of grammar and to benefit new behaviors by way of imitation.
John’s ingenuity and tenacity as a researcher are as extraordinary as Chaser’s accomplishments. His groundbreaking process has opened the door to a brand new knowing of animal intelligence, one who calls for us to re-evaluate what really is going on in a dog’s brain. Chaser’s achievements exhibit her use of deductive reasoning and intricate problem-solving abilities to handle novel challenges.
Yet astonishingly, Chaser isn’t designated. John’s education tools may be followed by means of any puppy lover. throughout the poignant tale of the way he knowledgeable Chaser, raised her as a member of the Pilley kinfolk, and proved her talents to the clinical group, he finds the optimistic effect of incorporating studying into play and extra successfully channeling a dog’s typical drives.
John’s paintings with Chaser bargains a clean point of view on what’s attainable within the courting among a puppy and a human. His tale issues us towards a brand new method of in relation to our dogs partners that takes into consideration our evolving figuring out of ways animals and people research.
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Extra resources for Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words
Ou can’t expect a dog to do what you want him to do (or don’t want him to do) unless you show him what your expectations are. And your dog won’t learn properly or be willing to heed your commands unless you use effective training methods. In this part, we describe how to prepare yourself, the human part of the equation, for training: how to choose the right approach, how to adapt your methods to your particular dog, and how to establish yourself as pack leader. If your dog is still a puppy, we explain what a puppy goes through to help you understand what he needs both physically and emotionally.
Don’t train your dog when you’re irritable or tired. You want training to be a positive experience for your dog. If you ever get frustrated during training, stop and come back to it at another time. ” You’re unhappy and Buddy is unhappy because you’re unhappy. A better approach is to train him with firm kindness so both of you can be happy. An unfriendly or hostile approach doesn’t gain you your dog’s cooperation and will needlessly prolong the training process. When you become frustrated or angry, the dog becomes anxious and nervous, and is unable to learn (see Chapter 9).
After just a few repetitions, the puppies get the message and respond to a mere look or a curled lip from mother. The puppy learns dog language — or lip reading, as we call it — and bite inhibition, an important lesson. Chapter 3: Surviving the Puppy Period The puppies also learn from each other. While playing, tempers may flare because one puppy bites another one too hard. The puppies discover from these exchanges what it feels like to be bitten and, at the same time, to inhibit biting during play (see Figure 3-1).
Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words by John W. Pilley