How dogs think

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You may believe that toddlers in your family are budding young geniuses. But according to canine expert Stanley Coren from the University of British Columbia, two-year-old kids are in fact no smarter than dogs. The average canine can learn more than 150 words, understand basic arithmetic and intentionally deceive other dogs and humans to get treats, according to a research review that Coren conducted and then presented last weekend to the American Psychological Association. Dogs don’t throw tantrums or get spaghetti all over their faces either. Coren finds that the smartest dog breeds are (in descending order) border collies, poodles, German shepherds, golden retrievers, dobermans, Shetland sheepdogs and Labrador retrievers.

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