Science Says Dogs Are 'Not Exceptional' - World Says 'No One Asked You'

Take that, Science.

11/22/2020 1:11:00 AM

Science Says Dogs Are 'Not Exceptional' - World Says 'No One Asked You'

Take that, Science.

Image via SensorSpot / Getty ImagesThis is what you get when you come at the internet insulting dogsLiterally everyone who’s ever owned a dog knows how perfect and rad and special they are. No matter what anyone says — no matter whatsciencesays — nothing will convince us that dogs are not genius angel babies sent from Heaven to walk through life by our side. And it’s a good thing, because science is officially saying that’s not the case.

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published inLearning and Behavioris trying to claim that dogs are “not exceptional,” i.e. they’re not any smarter or more special or better at bonding with humans than any other carnivore, social hunter or domestic animal. Researchers looked at pups’ ability to communicate, sense of smell, trainability and ability to pick up on cues from humans and follow hand signals and commands. Then they compared those to a bunch of other animals and found that other animals can pretty much do all those things as well or better than dogs.

The study compared canines to dolphins and chimpanzees, which, OK, because those are some of the smartest animals on Earth. But it also compared them topigeons, and I’m sorry, but science isnotover here telling me my dog is no smarter than a pigeon. This is the kind of thing that’s gonna get science in a fight.

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