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How The Dognition Assessment Can Strengthen The Love Between You And Your Dog

How The Dognition Assessment Can Strengthen The Love Between You And Your Dog

BarkPost readers can try the Dognition Assessment for FREE! Just go to Dognition.com/BrightMind to learn how your dog sees the world!

Here at BarkPost we know that dogs are incredible creatures, and since you’re reading this, I am sure you agree. While humans and dogs have always had close relationships, these relationships have evolved greatly over the last 50 years and pups are now intertwined in our lives more than ever. These days dogs share our homes, our beds, accompany us to events, and some even come to our jobs.

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Wouldn’t it be great if we could develop a deeper understanding of the inner workings of our best friends’ minds, not only to understand what makes them tick, but also to strengthen the bond that we share with them?

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Enter Dr. Brian Hare, an associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University and a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, a division of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences.

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Dr. Hare has had his research published in dozens of peer reviewed journals and has received both national and international media coverage for his research in dog intelligence.

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A longtime dog lover, Dr. Hare’s interest in dog cognition originated with his pup Oreo, after noticing that he understood gestures similar to the way that children do. His research led him to develop the Dognition Assessment, a program that includes interactive games and analysis by experts that give you new insights into your pups cognition.

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Hare says Dognition is for dogs what the Myers-Briggs test is for humans. As our canine companions are individual creatures, the games are designed to help pup owners understand the strategies that their dogs use in their everyday lives.

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As Dr. Hare explains it:

If you had a child, you would want to know ‘oh, they are doing well in english and excelling, they’re not enjoying math as much,’ and then you would take the appropriate steps.”

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Dognition includes 5 sets of games that look at empathy, communication, cunning, inference, and memory. According to Dr. Hare:

These are the core components that make your dogs who they are as individuals.”

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Not only does Dognition help you to better understand your own dogs inner-workings and behavior, by participating in the program, you are also contributing to the largest dataset ever on dog psychology.

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This will help researchers develop a greater overall understanding of the cognitive processes of dogs on a larger scale.

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Hare believes that taking care of your dog is also essentially taking care of yourself, as caring for your pup increases oxytocin in your own brain as well as theirs.

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Dognition is a great tool for anyone who wants to become closer with their best four-legged friend, and increase their knowledge on what makes their pups tick. Find out more about Dognition by visiting their website! And even though he’s a man of science, Dr. Hare still manages to be quite poetic when it comes to ruv:

What we fall in love with is [the dogs] personality, which is produced by their mind, and this is a product of their brain and their cognition. If you care about that you’re going to try and understand it better with Dognition.”

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Featured image via @misturfrankie /Instagram

BarkPost readers can try the Dognition Assessment for FREE! Just go to Dognition.com/BrightMind to learn how your dog sees the world!

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