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"Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent!"

The mirror test is an experiment developed in 1970 by psychologist Gordon Gallup Jr. to determine whether an animal possesses the ability to recognize itself in a mirror. It is the primary indicator of self-awareness in non-human animals and marks entrance to the mirror stage by human children in developmental psychology. Animals that pass the mirror test are: Humans older than 18 mo, Chimpanzees, Bonobos, Orangutans, Gorillas, Bottlenose Dolphins, Orcas (Killer Whales), Elephants, and European Magpies. Others showing signs of self-awareness are Pigs, some Gibbons, Rhesus Macaques, Capuchin Monkeys, some Corvids (Crows & Ravens) and Pigeons w/training. (Sorry Kitty!)

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse How Dogs Think for showing us
how dogs understand their world using their senses.

How Dogs Think
Understanding the Canine Mind
By Stanley Coren

How Dogs Think (2004) - 351 pages
How Dogs Think at Amazon.com

It's been said that dogs personify all the virtues of humans without the vices. Henry James wrote that his dog was "most reasonable and well-mannered" and Plato that "a dog has the soul of a philosopher." Over the years, dogs have taught us many things: loyalty, courage, and to turn around three times before laying down. Yet even the face of millennia of evidence of thoughtful dogs, there has been little systematic scientific study until recently of what is actually on in the dog's mind, and some people even question whether dogs have the capacity for that which we call mind. In this long-anticipated new book, written in the vein of his enormously popular The Intelligence of Dogs and How to Speak Dog, Dr. Stanley Cohen looks at both the heights of intellect and the depth of our misunderstanding of what goes on in a dog's mind.

A bestselling author, psychologist, and world-renowned expert on dog behavior and training, Dr. Cohn is always at the forefront of discoveries about dogs. With his ever-entertaining, erudite style, he provides a fascinating picture of the way dogs interpret their world and their owners, how they solve problems, learn, and take in new information. Dr. Cohen lets you see through a dog's eyes, hear through his ears, and even sense the world through a dog's nose, giving you the insight that you need to understand the silly, quirky, and apparently irrational behaviors that dogs demonstrate, as well as those stunning flashes of brilliance and creativity that they occasionally display. Along the way, How Dogs Think will answer the questions about which you have always wondered, including: Can Dogs count? Do they have an appreciation of art or music? Can a dog learn how to do something by just watching another dog or even a person do it? Do dogs dream? What is nature of dog personality? Which behaviors are prewired into your dog and which can you actually change? And, can dogs sense future earthquakes or detect cancer?

With information not widely know to lay people, this lively guide also provides practical advice and wisdom that allows owners to discover the best ways to teach dogs new things, why punishment doesn't work, how a dog can actually learn to love or to fear, and how to turn that new puppy into a "perfect," emotionally sound, inquisitive, happy, and obedient dog.

Combining solid science with numerous funny, informative anecdotes and firsthand observations - all characterized by Dr. Coren's own searching intelligence and his (and sometimes his dogs') irrepressible sense of humor - How Dogs Think shatters many common myths and misconceptions about our four-legged friends and reveals a wealth of surprises about their mental abilities and intellectual potential.

Stanley Coren is Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia and a recognized expert on dog-human interaction. He has appeared on Dateline, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning, America, and National Public Radio, and hosts a weekly television show, Good Dog!, currently showing nationally in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife and her cat, in addition to a beagle, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, and a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever.

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How Dogs Think
Understanding the Canine Mind
By Stanley Coren

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse How Dogs Think for showing us
how dogs understand their world using their senses.