3 dogs in profile: The results from the Dognition Assessment Giveaway!

Hello everybody! I finally got the results for Max and Nessie’s Dognition assessments. As you can see looking at their result tables (below), they are very similar in some ways and very different in other ways.

Thank you to everybody who entered into the giveaway, and a big thanks to Ruth and Nessie – John and Max for participating! It was great to have them help out.


Max at the beachMax is a boxer mix, about 8 years old. He looks like a very energetic dog who loves playing games with his owner, John. Max is an “Einstein” according to his Dognition results. Here’s what the definition is for an Einstein dog:

A keen understanding of physics makes this dog practically a rocket scientist.

Einsteins are the rocket scientists of the dog world. While many dogs struggle when it comes to cause and effect, Einsteins have an excellent comprehension of the physical world. They also show one of the key qualities of genius: the ability to make inferences. Anyone can learn to solve a problem, but it is only by making inferences that we can flexibly solve a problem we have never encountered before. While, like many brilliant minds, Einsteins occasionally struggle with social situations, their avid grasp of the physical world more than compensates.

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Max's results


Nessie on a carpet

Nessie is a female cairn terrier, 2 1/2 years old. She lives with Ruth and Deepak the cat. Ruth says Nessie is a bright, funny, very independent little dog but with a loving personality. Nessie is a “Maverick”. Here’s the definition:

A cheeky wolfishness and a strong independent streak are what make a Maverick so successful.

The Maverick – the one who strikes out alone and solves problems in their own way. With cognitive characteristics closer to their wolf ancestors than most other dogs, Mavericks are relatively unique in the dog world. These dogs definitely prefer to tackle problems independently, and when it comes to understanding the physical world, hold their own compared to other dogs. In the end, if you can’t solve it on your own, is it really worth solving?

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Nessie's resultsReggie!

Reggie, who is my dog, is a male black Labrador Retriever, almost 4 years old. He’s a loving, goofy, energetic and playful pal. He loves to fetch in our pond and he’s just a big snuggler all round. He lives with two cats, a girl and boy, called Toffee and Caramel. Reggie is a “Renaissance Dog”. Here’s the definition:

The Renaissance Dog is good at a little bit of everything.

In a world of helicopter parents and the relentless pursuit of perfection, it is easy to discount the value of consistent achievement. Renaissance Dogs are the canine embodiment of this reliability. Rather than being completely dependent on individual cognitive strategies, Renaissance Dogs show impressive flexibility across all 5 cognitive dimensions. While others focus on the proverbial tree, the Renaissance Dog can see the entire forest.

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Reggie's results

Dognition results

You can read about the 9 Dognition dog profiles here, and you can read the full reports for Max, Nessie and Reggie right here:

Max-a-Million, aka “Einstein”
Max-a-Million’s Report

Nessie, aka “Maverick”
Nessie’s Report

Reggie, aka “Renaissance Reggie”
Reggie’s Report

Here’s a couple of quick facts before I finish:

  1. Little dogs tend to be more independent than big dogs!
  2. Dogs can have extremely different personalities, ways of problem solving and communicating.
  3. Dogs can have very different motivations for doing things. It’s helpful to know what motivates your dog.

Hope you enjoyed the post! Thanks for reading!

13 thoughts on “3 dogs in profile: The results from the Dognition Assessment Giveaway!

  1. How fascinating! A dog is not a dog is not a dog! Within dogness, there are so many ways to be a normal and well-adjusted pooch. Thanks for introducing me to this way of understanding dogs, Petkid. It’s also really intriguing that little dogs tend to be more individualistic than bigger dogs. Do you have any idea why that would be so? Fun contest and fun post!

    1. Hey Ellen! Sorry it took me a bit to reply to you, I broke my collarbone and have a mild concussion and a cold. 😦 😦 😦 I’m not sure why little dogs are more independent, it’s interesting, isn’t it. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed reading so much!!

  2. This is great! 3 dogs, each with different results.We best never let them meet. Together, they might try to take over the world!
    Thanks again for the opportunity to test Max … er … Einstein. 🙂

  3. So much fun to read the results – you sure put a lot of effort into this project. – maybe you will be a project manager when you are older. Look forward to your next post!

    1. I think it turned out well. I enjoyed it even more when I decided to do two dogs, not just one. It’s really fun to compare them. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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