Checking My IQ (and I Don’t Mean Interesting Qualities)Posted: October 1, 2013
Last month, my blogging friend at Human Rescues Dog wrote a post titled “The Dog IQ Test: Is Your Dog a Genius?” Well, I watched as my human mommy read that post, and I thought to myself, “Uh oh. I see an IQ test in my future.” And sure enough, she and my human daddy hit me with it a few days ago. It’s a simple test developed by Dr. Stanley Coren, a professor of psychology and prize-winning dog trainer who is an authority on dog intelligence. You can click here to read all about the test, how to conduct each challenge, and how to score the results. So, are you ready to find out how I did? Here goes.
But first a little disclaimer about the quality of these photos. It appears as if my mommy lacks the intelligence to administer a dog IQ test and take quality photos all at the same time, so I apologize for these less-than-stellar pictures. Hmmm . . . kind of makes you wonder which one of us should have been taking the test, doesn’t it?
Now, here goes.
TEST 1: Food Under Can–Take a bit of food or a small treat, place it under an inverted can, and see how long it takes your dog to get the food. I took 14 seconds to complete this one, barely qualifying me for 4 out of 5 points.
TEST 2: Dog Under Towel–Throw a large bath towel over your dog’s head and shoulders and see how long it take your dog to free itself. I completed this one in 13 seconds, again barely capturing another 4 out of 5 points.
TEST 3: Can Your Dog Recognize a Smile?–While your dog is sitting still, stare intently into your dog’s face, count to three, and then smile big and watch what happens. On this one, I almost immediately walked toward my mommy with my tail wagging, so I received 5 out of 5 possible points. My mommy gets a significantly lower score on this one because she could not manage to conduct the test and take a photo all at the same time.
TEST 4: Food Under Towel–Cover a morsel of food or a treat with a small towel and see how long it takes your dog to get to the food. By this time, I was starting to catch on to this whole IQ testing thing, and I was ready for it to end, so I really applied myself on this one and got to the food in 10 seconds to earn 5 out of 5 points. Yes!
TEST 5: Retrieving from Under a Barrier–Find or make a table low enough to prevent your dog from putting his or her head under it but high enough for the dog to get his or her paw under it. Place a treat or morsel of food centered under the barrier and see what your dog does. So I have to tell you that it was quite humorous watching my humans try to build the “table” for this one. When they finally succeeded, I first tried to get the treat with my muzzle, then I tried to retrieve it with my paw, and then I eventually gave up and received just 3 out of 5 points. Is it possible that I was just trying not to look too smart because my humans had looked so inept trying to set up this test? I’ll never tell.
TEST 6: Does Your Dog Know Its Name–While your dog is seated, call “refrigerator” in the tone you’d normally use to call your dog, then call “movie,” then call your dog’s name and see wht happens. I was finished with this whole silly IQ testing thing at this point so I just didn’t do anything . . . which puts me about on the level with my mommy, who once again could not get it together enough to conduct the test and take a picture. 1 out of 5 points for me . . . and ZERO points for Mommy.
I really don’t quite know how to tell you how happy I was when this little IQ test experiment was over. I think my humans were a little relieved too. The three of us were equally exhausted, but the humans still needed to tally my scores. Are you ready for the results? I received a total of 22 points. Had I actually applied myself and scored more than 25 points, you would now have to call me a genius. Alas, I am not a genius dog. According to Dr. Coren, I will not be attending Harvard, but the good Dr. Coren does say that I am smart . . . smart enough for a state school, which is just fine with me!