Dognition Part 2
We 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.
In 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.
All 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!