As a long time dog owner and dog lover I've always felt that dogs are a lot smarter than we give them credit for. Oh course they see the world a lot differently than humans do and their world is dominated by smell*. It's well known that dogs pocess an incredible ability to smell. But did you know they also pocess the power of deduction?
*A nose for odors http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/dogs-sense-of-smell.html
What do dogs have that we don't? For one thing, they possess up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, compared to about six million in us. And the part of a dog's brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is, proportionally speaking, 40 times greater than ours.
But what else can they do besides smell?
What's interesting to me in this video is not only this dogs' ability to remember and associate the name of an object to that object, but her ability to pick an unknown object by using the process of elimination.
And although I've never given much thought to whether or not my dogs have the mental capacity to do this, who knows?
(I came across this video on a Nova Science website http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/how-smart-dogs.html)
It's pretty impressive.