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Dogs’ Intelligence On Par With Two-year-old Human, Canine Researcher Says

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ScienceDaily (Aug. 10, 2009) — Although you wouldn’t want one to balance your checkbook, dogs can count.

Stanley Coren and Me at the IACP Conference

Stanley Coren (and Me)

They can also understand more than 150 words and intentionally deceive other dogs and people to get treats, according to psychologist and leading canine researcher Stanley Coren, PhD, of the University of British Columbia. He spoke Saturday on the topic “How Dogs Think” at the American Psychological Association’s 117th Annual Convention.

Coren, author of more than a half-dozen popular books on dogs and dog behavior, has reviewed numerous studies to conclude that dogs have the ability to solve complex problems and are more like humans and other higher primates than previously thought.

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