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.
Chaser's abilities have been well documented in a series of videos on Dr. Pilley's YouTube channel. Take a look for yourself at what Chaser can do!
See Chaser, Dr. Pilley and Dr. Reid on NBC's Today Show, ABC's World News Tonight, CBS Sunday Morning and PBS's NOVA!
A collection of images of Chaser taken by various photographers. Please note that all images are copyrighted.
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