Chaser is a border collie. She’s considered the world’s smartest dog. In this installment, we’ll delve deeper into what makes people say that.
Chaser lives in an apartment that seems too organized to be a part of a hyperactive dog. Particularly when one of the trick games the pooch participates in is called ‘Find’. The reason why this is challenging is that the animal has to go entirely only by word recognition.
Fetch is different because the dog is able to see the item. Besides, border collies are not bred like bloodhounds, to hunt. Furthermore, overactive dogs such as Chaser’s pedigree, seem to lack long spans of attention.
Much like a toddler, Chaser would quickly get frustrated if it can’t promptly find the item. But as a way to reset, in a way, that short attention span, one would keep repeating to the dog to find the item. You’d say it in an upbeat tone while also mentioning the given name of the item.
If it continues to take longer, Chaser also knows the meaning of “hot” & “cold” nuances, like one would also use on a person for the same purpose. When hearing “hot”, Chaser would also get unexpectedly animated & with more impetus continue to look just in that area.
Finally able to find the item, Chaser was also able to paw the hidden object out the tight spot it was in. This makes one wonder the level of human development required to pull this off. You’re likely wondering at this point that you’d like to have one of those.
Yes, border collies get quickly adopted for their looks, but also quickly given up. If their intense activity needs aren’t met, they’ll get neurotic as a way to work through their instinct to keep moving. Once they start chewing through walls &/or ruining household goods, that’s when their owners usually give up.
So, what makes Chaser different from other border collies? Find out next.