Your Dog May Not Be A Genius, After All. New Study Finds That Canines Are Not Exceptional.

  • 30/11/2018
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I don’t really have much to say about this, I’m just blindly upset about science straight up insulting dogs. Who do they think they are? Do you not understand how much people love dogs? Basically, they’re saying that dogs might be smart, but they aren’t anything special compared to other mammals. That’s so hurtful. Dogs are the reason for most of my day-to-day happiness and to slander them is to slander me.

Scientific American- …Systematically reviewing the animal cognition literature, British psychologists Stephen Lea and Britta Osthaus found dogs to be unremarkable in their cognitive capabilities compared to wolves, cats, dolphins, chimpanzees, pigeons, and several other species. For example, dogs seem no better at learning associations—such as between a behavior and a reward—than other species. Similarly, dogs can spatially navigate within small spaces, but other species can, too. And while dogs have an excellent sense of smell, the “pig’s olfactory abilities are outstanding and might even be better than the dog’s.”

They keep trying to give all these reasons why we only think dogs are exceptionally smart because we don’t think about other animals, which, no shit? As though we should be taking into consideration all these other animals? Who the f*** is thinking about pigeons, wolves, or chimpanzees vs dogs at any time? Obviously, I’m not out here like aw my baby Chance can play dead but hey, that’s nothing interesting because so can a possum. I’m in a rage. I’m fired up. I’m sure the article is factually correct, I’m sure dogs aren’t really that smart, but they still shouldn’t have said anything about it.

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