Dog psychology and Dognition

Recently, I did some tests on Reggie on a website called Dognition to see what kind of dog and personality he is and how he thinks. I learned about it through my dog psychology course which I’m partway through taking. It’s an online course through Coursera made by Dr. Brian Hare of Duke University. He and other researchers created Dognition and their own lab to do humane experiments with dogs to learn about their thinking.

It costs $19 to do the assessment on your dog. They ask you questions about your dog and there is an optional question corner on your profile page. You do all kinds of tests under five categories: empathy, communication, cunning, memory, and reasoning. They are fun to do. You will need an ipad or a laptop to do the tests as you have to have to have it to hand and do time trials. You need two people to do the tests and both of you need to have good patience, because you’ll be standing still a lot. But in the end it’s worth it. I really recommend doing it.

Here’s a picture of the Dognition control panel:


Renaissance Reggie

Here are Reggie’s results!

Reggie is good in all five areas, unlike other dogs who might be exceptionally strong in one or two categories.

Read Reggie’s Dognition Results

Thank you for reading. I’d love to know if you’ve done this or plan to do it!

3 thoughts on “Dog psychology and Dognition

  1. Wow, this is fascinating! Bet you had fun doing all the tests with Reggie – who was your helper? I wonder if breed has anything to do with his results? Would a chihuahua just automatically score differently because it’s such a different breed?

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