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    Chaser with his owner


    Chaser, a border collie, has quickly gained scientific attention for her ability to understand the names of 1,022 objects. Chaser and the research of Wofford's Dr. John Pilley and Dr. Alliston Reid have received attention from around the world. This research (published in the journal Behavioural Processes) demonstrates that dogs, like children, can learn that certain words represent individual objects, and other words represent categories of objects, independent in meaning of what they are asked to do with those objects. Newspapers and blogs about their research have appeared in more than 46 languages and on every continent. See the links below for more information on this amazing dog and this fascinating research.