Canine Cognition


Willie Learns Object Names
Does your dog know the difference when you ask for a ball or a
frisbee? Watch as Willie starts to put it all together.



Unilateral Deafness in Dogs (and Skip?) November 2023

Do Dogs Need a Job? October 2023

Could We Ever Read Dogs as Well as They Read Us? September 2022

How to Apologize to a Dog–Or Can We? July 2022

Your Dog is Much More Than “Smart” January 2022

Bigger Dogs, “Smarter Dogs”? Hmmmmmmm. . . July 2019 

Canine Social Cognition – What Do We Know? May 2017

Consciousness in Dogs  August 2014

MRIs and Dogs  October 2013

Willie Learns Nouns! Maybe…  March 2013

Dognition Canine Assessment Tests  March 2013

Can Dogs Tell Stories?  Part I, Part II  October 2012

Video Analysis: What’s Up with Willie?  Part I, Part II  September 2012

Do Other Animals Keep Pets?  August 2012

fMRI on Dogs: Too Wonderful!  May 2012

Who’s Doing Research on Canine Cognition?  March 2012

Clever Hans Revisited  March 2012

Can Animals “Blame” Others?  May 2011

Do Dogs “Know” How Long We’ve Been Gone?  March 2011

The Model-Rival Method  January 2011

How Long Does it Take to Learn a New Habit?  January 2011

Willie Speaks: Only Living Things Have Names  January 2011

Could You Learn 1,022 New Nouns?  January 2011

News From APDT  October 2010

Do Dogs Inherently Understand Pointing Gestures?  Part I, Part II  October 2010

Dogs and Dingoes, Who is Smarter?  August 2010

Do Dogs Imitate?  Part I, Part II  June 2010

What the Dog Knew  February 2010

What Do Words Mean to Dogs  February 2010

The Secret Life of Dogs  February 2010

Secondary Emotions in Animals  May 2009

Learning from a Dog’s Perspective  January 2009

Fairness vs. Jealousy in Dogs  December 2008

Tool Use in Dogs or Cats?  February 2009

Fairness in Dogs  December 2008

Comparative and Canine Cognition  December 2008

Animal Intelligence and “Thinking” in Animals  December 2008



Speak up: If your dog could talk, what would she talk about?

Handy Paws: What’s in your dog’s toolbox?

Walking the Talk: What do dogs understand and how do they understand it?

Knowing what your dog knows

Point Taken: Have dogs evolved to follow our lead?

Honest as the Dog is Long: Dogs score high on seeing and telling it as it is




Training Your Dog

Here’s the good news: It’s fun to train your dog! Here’s the bad news: You have to learn how. More good news: It’s not hard to learn. . . and this is a great place to get started.

Behavior & Health

If you’re interested in canine cognition, communication, social systems & nutrition (plus a host of other topics!), look here to start seeing your dog in an entirely new light!

Behavior Problems

Here’s help for dogs of every description, from cautious canines to feisty fidos. Click below for videos, articles, books and DVDs that will help you help your dog.

Finding Resources

Links to other great websites & information on becoming a professional trainer or behaviorist, questions for your veterinarian, and everything in between!


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