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A dog that can read? You be the judge

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Willow’s owner claims her dog can read — only three phrases, but still.

What do you think? Is the dog actually reading the words? Or is something else at play?


Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time October 10, 2009 at 10:03 am

I think we’ve got a canine version of Clever Hans at work here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clever_Hans . It’s still pretty remarkable, but I think she’s reading some subtle clues being given by her human, who may not be aware of it. Lots of fun to watch her anyway.

Comment from Kathy G.
Time October 11, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Well – my Jackson probably can’t read so well, but he knows the differnence between organic, IAMS and Pupperoni before I even open the bags….and he can’t pretty much keep track of the number of treats he allows me to give him in the course of a day(heaven forbid I should fall one short)…so I think he’s pretty smart, even if he doesn’t make it to the small screen

Comment from one4pets
Time October 13, 2009 at 6:34 pm

She may be getting some clues but it’s also possible that she’s been trained to remember the words. Either way, Willow is one smart dog. Neat trick!