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By John W. Pilley

ISBN-10: 0544102436

ISBN-13: 9780544102439

The impressive tale of a truly shrewdpermanent Border collie who's redefining animal intelligence.

Chaser has a fashion with phrases. She understands over 1000 of them—more than the other animal of any species other than people. as well as universal nouns like condominium, ball, and tree, she has memorized the names of multiple thousand toys and will retrieve any of them on command. according to that studying, she and her proprietor and coach, retired psychologist John Pilley, have moved directly to additional notable feats, demonstrating her skill to appreciate sentences with a number of parts of grammar and to benefit new behaviors by way of imitation.

John’s ingenuity and tenacity as a researcher are as notable as Chaser’s accomplishments. His groundbreaking method has opened the door to a brand new knowing of animal intelligence, person who calls for us to re-examine what truly is going on in a dog’s brain. Chaser’s achievements display her use of deductive reasoning and complicated problem-solving abilities to handle novel challenges.

Yet astonishingly, Chaser isn’t precise. John’s education tools may be followed through any puppy lover. during the poignant tale of the way he informed Chaser, raised her as a member of the Pilley kinfolk, and proved her skills to the clinical group, he unearths the confident impression of incorporating studying into play and extra successfully channeling a dog’s common drives.

John’s paintings with Chaser bargains a clean viewpoint on what’s attainable within the dating among a puppy and a human. His tale issues us towards a brand new manner of with regards to our dogs partners that takes into consideration our evolving knowing of how animals and people examine.

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