Dog Intelligence Test
Stanley Coren ranked dog breeds by intelligence in his book The Intelligence of Dogs based on surveys done of dog trainers, the article for which contains a summary of the rankings obtained. According to Coren, there are three types of dog intelligence.
- Adaptive Intelligence (learning and problem-solving ability). This is specific to the individual animal and is measured by canine IQ tests.
- Instinctive Intelligence. This is specific to the individual animal and is measured by canine IQ tests.
- Working/Obedience Intelligence. This is breed dependent.
Coren has come up with six test to see how intelligent dogs are. These tests will help you work out whether your canine should go to Harvard or just stay asleep on the couch eating his own poop.
They test your dog’s adaptive intelligence- the ability to solve problems, understand language and learn social cues, like responding to a human smile.
- Use your own dog, at least one year old, and living with you for at least 3 months
- The tests should be like a game for your dog
- You must remain calm, don’t raise your voice, act disgusted or over excited
- You can only do the tests once or twice for scoring purposes
- The tests can be given separately and in any order. Because they’re mostly based on food reward it may be better to give them over a number of sessions so the dog doesn’t end up full of food and tired, both of which will affect it’s motivation and performance, and it’s IQ score.
About the dog IQ Test:
The tests were devised by Dr Stanley Coren, professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, a prizewinning dog trainer and an authority on canine intelligence.
TEST 1: CAN YOUR DOG PROBLEM SOLVE?
This is a test of your dogs problem solving ability.
Things you’ll need to do this test
- An empty can, like a soup can
- Some desirable tidbit your dog likes to eat, a piece of cheese is good
- A stopwatch or a way of timing your dogs response
How to do the test
- First sit the dog, if it won’t stay you’ll need someone to hold the dog by the collar.
- Then show the dog the tidbits of food and let it sniff it.
- Then with the dogs’ full attention slowly place the tidbit on the ground about two meters away from it, and invert the can over the tidbits.
- Start timing and encourage the dog to get the food.
If the dog knocks the can over and gets the tidbits in 5 seconds or less… 5 points
If the dog knocks the can over and gets the tidbits in 5 to 15 seconds… 4 points
In 15 to 30 seconds … 3 points
In 30 to 60 seconds … 2 points
If the dog sniffs around the can, but didn’t get the bait after 60 seconds… 1 point