Do Dogs Think?
Of course, they do! Any pet owner will defy you to prove otherwise. While the commonly held belief is that dogs display the mental capacity of a 5 year old child, some of the tasks they can be trained to complete, require capabilities that easily surpass this assertion.
For some time now, man’s best friend has been enlisted in specialised training for a number of complex tasks. From acting as guides to assist the blind, to partnering with the police force to apprehend criminals and identify bombs - not to mention their long history as farmhands – our canine companions prove time and again that they are not to be underestimated.
The very fact that dogs are able to learn and apply skills to such specific situations proves they are capable of problem-solving. They are able to draw on learned experiences and memory to apply what they know appropriately to each new circumstance.
In the home, your pup will pick up on changes in your mood and modify their behaviour to suit this. They can offer comfort, follow your instruction and many pet owners profess to developing a communicative shorthand with their dogs – proof enough that dogs are thinking all the time.