Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Donnie the Genius Doberman

So I was watching National Geographic Channel last night (yes, I am a nerd. I'm fine with that), and they were airing a show called "Genius Dogs". One of the featured canines was a Doberman Pinscher named Donnie, who was about four years old when he was adopted from a local shelter. After living with his new family for a while, Donnie began to exhibit some unusual behavior: he began arranging his 80+ stuffed toys in specific patterns and sequences. Some of these included triangles, circles, all frogs, all monkeys, all face up, all face down, etc.

Donnie's owners began documenting his arrangements through photos and eventually contacted Barbara Smuts, a psychologist who researches social behavior among dogs. You can see what happened in this YouTube clip:

Is it random? Is Donnie a doggie genius? Is this his method of artistic expression?
You decide.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I wonder if this dog, before being abandoned, might have been trained.
Who knows?
Agnes M