People who think dogs are astonishingly clever are thinking wrong. Scientists at the University of Exeter inspected evidence that compared the intellectual power of dogs, other residential animals, social hunters and different carnivores. They found the slightest match of dog’s cognitive abilities with quite a few species in each of these groups.
More than 300 papers were studied by scientists based on the intelligence of dogs and other animals. There were several cases of over-analysis in favor of dogs’ abilities.
Professor Stephen Lea said that during their work, they found proven studies about dog’s cognition and it proved that dogs are clever. They are often compared to chimpanzees and whenever dogs ‘win’, this gets added to their reputation as something extraordinary.
Yet in each and every case we found other valid comparison species that do at least, as well as dogs, do in those tasks. The reassess concentrated on sensory cognition, physical cognition, spatial cognition, social cognition, and self-awareness.
Dr. Britta Osthaus, of Canterbury Christ Church University, said, “Taking all three groups (domestic animals, social hunters, and carnivores) into account, dog cognition does not look exceptional.”
We are doing dogs no favor by expecting too much of them. Dogs are dogs, and we need to take care of their needs and take their factual abilities into account when treating them.