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2011 Honors Day award recipients

Chaser, smart border collie

Wofford College has had the Boston Terrier as its mascot for many years. It turns out, however, the smartest dog on campus is Chaser, a border collie, who is fast gaining scientific attention for her ability to comprehend the names of more than 1,000 objects.

Even more critical, according to the two Wofford College researchers who work with Chaser, she was able to differentiate between the names of objects (nouns), commands to fetch them and capable of forming categories (common nouns) based on these objects.

One smart dog has science's attention  

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