Did you know you can do this at home?

Most people enjoy taking IQ tests. They are stimuli and there is a lot of curiosity about what our intelligence quotient (IQ) is. But there is also for dogs, you know?

Stanley Koren, professor of canine psychology at the University of British Columbia, wrote a book in 1994 (“Canine Intelligence”) on canine intelligence, in which he explains his theories about the differences in intelligence between different breeds of bigeye. A second edition was subsequently published in 2006 and its IQ test was the most widely used in the world.

According to Professor Corinne, 51 percent of a dog’s intelligence comes from its genes, while the remaining 49 percent depends on surrounding conditions.

Therefore, it identifies three main dimensions of canine intelligence: instinctive intelligence, adaptive intelligence, and action and obedience.

Instinctive intelligence is a dog’s ability to perform the tasks for which its breed was created, such as a herding dog, guard dog, hunting or just a companion dog.

Adaptive intelligence refers to the ability of puppies to solve problems on their own. Intelligence related to work and obedience has to do with your ability to learn from humans.

Wondering about your dog’s intelligence? Want to take the test? So, before you begin, you will need cookies, a towel or blanket, three plastic cups, cardboard, a stopwatch and … creativity.

The following five tests are variations of the standardized test series developed by Coren. With the help of Outward Hound – an American brand that develops products for dogs or cats which, in their words, aims to make their tails wag, put smiles on faces and improve each new adventure with your pet – it can be done at home.

A word of advice: don’t do all five tests on the same day, as your dog may not understand your unusual actions and commands and may end up feeling overwhelmed.

So let’s get started.

Test 1. Towel test

Give your dog a large towel (or blanket) for him to sniff. Once you feel comfortable, place it over his head. This task shows you your dog’s problem-solving ability.

Punctuation: 3 points if she figured out how to free herself in less than 15 seconds, 2 points if it takes between 15 and 60 seconds, and 1 point if it takes more than 60 seconds.

Test 2. Test hidden cookies

Lay a cookie on the floor and place a towel on top of it. Put the stopwatch to work and see how long it takes to get to treatment.

Punctuation: 3 points if you get a cookie in less than 15 seconds, 2 points if it takes between 15 and 60 seconds, and 1 point if it takes more than 60 seconds.

Test 3. What is a cup?

Put three cups (or buckets) upside down in a row. While observing your dog, place a cookie at the bottom of one of the containers. Distract him for a few seconds and then let him look for the reward. This exercise will test your dog’s memory and help determine how well he is able to gather and retain information.

Punctuation: 3 points if you go directly to the container where the cookie is hidden, 2 points if you find an empty container before you find the correct one, and 1 point if you find the reward only on the third try.

Test 4. Troubleshooting

Under a piece of furniture (with the base off the ground enough to fit your dog’s paws) put food or treats close at hand. This task will test your dog’s thinking and problem solving skills.

Punctuation: 3 points if it takes less than a minute to reach the treatment using only the paws. If she tries to get her head into this space first, or if she uses her nose and paws, give her two points. If he gives up, allocate one point.

5. Beyond the septum test

This will require a little creativity on your part, but it is a good test to take. Show him a cookie through a hole in a large cardboard hedge that’s too high for him to jump over – and the hole itself is too narrow to fit in.

Your task will be to encourage him, for 60 seconds, to reach for the cookie. Once you reach 1 minute, stop. Use the stopwatch to record the time taken and record the results accordingly.

Punctuation: 3 points if it takes 30 seconds (or less) to realize that you have to get around the barrier to reach the cookie. If it takes more than 30 seconds, give him 2 points, and if he tries to climb or break the barrier, give him 1 point.


Now, to the calculations:

13 to 15 points: Scary! Your dog is a genius.

9-12 points: Not exactly Einstein, but he’s very smart.

5-8 points: He will not be accepted into Harvard but has potential.

1 to 4 Points: You probably need some help understanding things and figuring out how to get them done. Luckily, he doesn’t need a brilliant mind cuddling and kissing you, and that’s all that matters, right?

If the result is less than your expectations, don’t be negative. The idea is to treat these quizzes as if they were games and make them fun for him and you. And no matter what the final ranking is, don’t forget to give him lots of love and positive attention after the auditions.

Scroll through the gallery to learn more about how smart some of the races are, similar to Stanley Koren’s IQ test.

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