Dognition Part 2

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jackdognitionWe finished up Jack’s Dognition exercises this past week and wanted to report on our results. Since it’s not really called a ‘test’ he didn’t really graduate, but he wanted to wear the cap, so what the heck. And I know this is not Wordless, but figured we’d join the WW Hop anyways – come back tomorrow and read it 😉

You may remember our first report from a few weeks ago. We are collaborating with our friend Carol Bryant from Fidose of Reality who is doing the program with her pup Dexter, so be sure and visit her site today to see how Dexter finished up. Carol also has a Dognition membership she is giving away, so be sure and stop by her site and enter to win.

When we ended our last post, we had two more categories (of the five in the program) that we needed to complete:

  • Memory: Storing past experiences to make future choices
  • Reasoning: Inferring the solution to new problems


The memory games involved hiding treats under paper cups – sometimes showing Jack where I hid it, sometimes not and then seeing if Jack was able to remember where I hid it or not.  The reasoning tests were probably the hardest as they involved hiding treats in a folded piece of paper. To be honest, while Jack was pretty good at finding the treats most of the time – it was more a result of brute force than memory or reasoning.


But, either way, he completed the program and we learned  he fit the profile for what they call a Protodog. Here’s the chart of all the different profiles that they identify. Take a guess – where do you think your dog would fit? I thought Jack might be the Renaissance dog, but Protodog fits him too.

Dognition ProfileIn addition to the overall ‘type’ they also provide a 15 page analysis of each series of challenges and what Jack’s performance showed about how he learns or reasons. For instance, on the Foot Pointing test – where I would place a treat on the floor and then point to it with my foot, he did great when I pointed to the treat with my hand, but he didn’t do as well when I used my foot. Their assessment of this difference was that since I probably don’t use that visual cue very often with him, he didn’t pick up on changes in my communication gestures. Interesting and probably true.


I like this chart they provided which reports his “Cognitive Dimensions” describing Jack’s cognitive style and the strategies he uses to problem solve. Since they don’t have one labeled Brute Force, I guess I’ll go with these.

cognitive dimensionsAll in all, it was a lot of fun and Jack really enjoyed it (what dog wouldn’t, they get lots of treats). The membership includes monthly games to continue learning about your dog, so we look forward to that and will report back.

I also started to go through the program with Maggie. I expect her results will be quite different than Jack’s but we will see. Stay tuned.

Be sure and visit our friend Carol Bryant at FidoseofReality. She was running the program with her American Cocker Spaniel, Dexter along with us, and is reporting her findings today. Carol also has a free membership for some lucky reader, so be sure and stop by her site and sign up for a chance to win!



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  1. Wow, what an amazing article on Dognition. We had not heard of this term before. And congrats on your new “Protodog” status!

    Erika and Sebastian
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  2. I love that this keeps their brain active, I think that’s just as important as their body.

  3. Congrats Jack! You look mighty handsome!
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  4. I have no clue what Mr. N might be. The boyfriend thinks he might be a “charmer.”

    • From what I know of Mr. N…I think your boyfriend is right.
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  5. Nice work. You look good in the Grad Cap! I bet it was fun figuring out all that stuff. We aren’t sure what Bailie and I would be, but Katie is a definite Maverick, although lately she has really mellowed down and become quite obedient.
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    • Listening to what they said about Kuvasz’s last night on the dog show…I bet Katie would be a Maverick too 🙂
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  6. Very interesting. I bet they are right on the reason Jack did not pick up on the foot cues. Nice cap!
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    • Yeah, it makes sense. He followed my eyes more than any other clue.
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  7. I can see Niles needing some “brute force” to solve some of these puzzles, she gets frustrated pretty quickly when she wants food. XD This program sounds really interesting, I’ll have to look into it!
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    • IT was fun – stop by over at Fidoseof Reality and enter the rafflecopter…maybe you can win!
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  8. This is really neat! I think Chuy is definitely a charmer! hehe
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    • Those little guys always are 😉
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  9. This is really neat! I think Chuy is definitely a charmer! hehe
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  10. wow what an interesting post! Lookin good in the grad cap to!
    It’s hard to say which one my dogs would be. They are each very different to i’m not sure lol
    Happy WW!
    ((husky hugz frum our pack))
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    • I know when I do Maggie, she’s going to be quite different from Jack.
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  11. We are so honored to have done this test with you, and you came out as one of the original dogs known to mankind, Jack – wowza. We can’t wait to see what profile we fit. We are finishing the final portion today on lunch, so stay tuned.

    By the way, you look great in that grad cap – now turn the tassel – you’ve graduated! Woof!
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    • Never remember what side the tassel goes on! Can’t wait to hear what Dexter comes out as. This was lots of fun…I’d love to get all of our friends to do it just to see the results!
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  12. You know what had us laughing so hard? The part where Dex would not take treats with my back to him but he would break his sit stay after 20 seconds while I watched. At least he isn’t shy about it BOL!
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    • That’s too funny. Jack was pretty good at that one until the very last time and then he was like, “the hell with this, I’m not waiting anymore”
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  13. Whoa smart and athletic Jack that’s a lethal combination! Love Dolly
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  14. Love your hat. Good job on the test.
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  15. I’m so glad more bloggers are sharing their results. It’s interesting to me to read the other assessments – first, just because it’s interesting but also because it does provide more insight into Bella’s results by comparison. For example:

    Bella actually did better with me pointing my foot than with my hand. They said it might be because I hadn’t done that before so she was paying attention to try and figure out what it meant. They suggested I whisper or just change things up when working with her in the future because she may not pay attention as much to signs she’s already seen (she likes to make her own decisions).

    Seeing Jack’s results and Dognition’s interpretation of that bit of info, offers just a little more insight to me about what Bella’s results mean. Thanks a bunch for sharing! (Heading off to Fidose to read Carol’s results….)
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    • That is interesting…and that they recommend changing things up to keep her attention. Just reread Bella’s assessment…love that she’s ‘wily’ shows some independence!
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      • LOL – “some” independence! Yeah, I’m kidding wishing she had “some” independence. She is her own free spirit that one. 😉

        I am very curious to see Maggie’s results, btw, given her timidity and history.
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        • I’ve only run the first test – eye contact and interestingly she did better on each test going from 20 sec to 45. We’ve worked a lot with her on ‘watch me’ but when I wouldn’t give her the treat, she thought I wanted her to lie down, so she’d lose the eye contact and lie down! I need Steve to help me with the other tests since she won’t hold a sit/stay.
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  16. That is so cool! Bentley is definitely a charmer with a stubborn streak. : )
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  17. So I decided to live on the wild side and read the entire post on Wed anyway! Congrats to Jack and his humans. Now we’re gonna doodle on over to Carol and see how Dexter did. Thanks Slim
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  18. You look dashing in your graduation cap! Congratulations on your achievement. I wonder what Heather and Mr. K would be…hmmm. Much love, The Scottie Mom.
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  19. Congrats on completing the program you look so handsome in your cap!
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  20. I had never heard of “Dognition” but after your post, it might be something I’d like to perhaps look into for my golden retriever. She’s really sweet! Thank you for the very informative post!
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