Oh my word, these ‘gifted’ canines are hot dogs!

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Oh my word, these ‘gifted’ canines are hot dogs!

A research study has revealed some talented dogs can learn words as quickly as children

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They may not make it into the top 5 of most popular dog breeds, but border collies and Yorkshire terriers still have something to boast about. From their ranks come two “gifted” individuals, who have learnt new words after hearing them only four times.

Most dogs do not learn words, such as object names, unless “extensively trained”, but a few very talented dogs do, preliminary evidence by the Family Dog Project (https://familydogproject.elte.hu/) has found.

The researchers investigated two genius dogs “who seemed to learn words in the absence of any formal training, simply by being exposed to playing with their owners in the typical way owners do, in a human family”...

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