1. So it’s not that your dog is either smart or stupid. It’s that she’s both smart AND stupid.

    Wired:

    They’re incredibly vapid when it comes to understanding the physical world, things like understanding that if you’re connected to somebody with a leash you can’t go on the other side of the lamppost. There’s good evidence that that really is a cognitive constraint. They just don’t get it.

    Here’s a Fresh Air interview that demonstrates the dogs-are-smart half of this subject. It’s about training dogs for search-and-rescue missions

  2. non-gratuitous dog post

    Wired

    having it both ways