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Man’s Best Friend May Be Smarter Than Many Thought

April 28, 2011 by Michelle At Tails in Fun Stuff, Home, News with 3 Comments

Scientific researchers are starting to catch on to what pet parents have known for a while: Dogs are smarter than most people think.

Meet Chaser, a 6-year-old female Border Collie, who shocked one reporter while testing the pup on owner John Billey’s claim to know the name of every one of the 1,000 toys in his herd.

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Pretty impressive, huh?

Now it’s your turn! Leave a comment below telling us what your dog does that’s so smart, it impresses you every time they do it.

One lucky reader will be randomly chosen from the comments below to win a surprise dog toy from Tails Magazines. One entry per person, continental U.S. only. Please leave an e-mail address with your comment so we can contact the winner. Contest closes at midnight Pacific time Friday, April 29.

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    Kelly Ann ThuetMay 1, 2011 at 11:29 pmReply

    I was just curious who won this contest. THank you.

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    Kelly Ann ThuetApril 29, 2011 at 12:45 amReply

    My dog Kouga can take the treats out of the plastic Easter eggs without breaking the egg. It is amazing to watch, he rolls the egg around in his mouth while gently biting it until it pops open, then he eats the treats.

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    jennyApril 28, 2011 at 10:57 amReply

    Prior to reading about the Border Collie, I thought my elderly shepard mix was smart for deligently reminding me every night to give her her medicine. At the same time every night, she stands under the cabinet and stares at it until I see her and respond. Makes me laugh every single time! Not sure if she is smart or a complete pig because she likes the cheese I wrap the Proin in….but I am going with ‘gifted’ because either way, she does it every night at the same time.

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