A New York Times Bestseller
"The most scientifically important dog in over a century." —Brian Hare
Chaser has fascinated dog lovers and scientists alike. Her story reveals the potential for taking out dialogue with dogs well beyond "fetch." When retired psychology professor John Pilley first got his new Border collie puppy, Chaser, he wanted to explore the boundaries of language learning and communication between humans and man's best friend. Exhibiting intelligence previously thought impossible in dogs, Chaser soon learned the names of more than a thousand toys and sentences with multiple elements of grammar. Chaser's accomplishments are revolutionizing the way we think about the intelligence of animals. John and Chaser's inspiring journey demonstrates the power of learning through play and opens our eyes to the boundless potential in the animals we love.
Retired psychology professor Pilley s work with his border collie, Chaser, since 2004 is impressive, and his findings have been published in the journal Behavioural Processes. Challenging the bounds of animal knowledge, Chaser has learned and retained the proper noun names of 1,022 objects over a period of three years ; the dog remembers more words than any other (nonhuman) animal known. Her achievements have made her a national celebrity, and she s made appearances on the Today show and ABC News. Here, Pilley (and coauthor Hinzmann) effectively describes his family s relationship with Chaser and the theory behind how she was taught such a large vocabulary. His findings have broader implications: the coauthors link the teaching methods developed for Chaser to the controversy about teaching to the test for children. Though there are occasional hiccups in the book, such as Pilley s effusiveness regarding his meeting with news anchor Diane Sawyer, Chaser s remarkable abilities speak for themselves. One 8-page b&w insert.
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A very good read! I found this book after making a commitment to a Border Collie puppy. This book gives great insight into training dogs.