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Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words

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The amazing story of a very smart Border collie who is redefining animal intelligence.

Chaser has a way with words. She knows over a thousand of them—more than any other animal of any species except humans. In addition to common nouns like house, ball, and tree, she has memorized the names of more than one thousand toys and can retrieve any of them on command. Based on that learning, she and her owner and trainer, retired psychologist John Pilley, have moved on to further impressive feats, demonstrating her ability to understand sentences with multiple elements of grammar and to learn new behaviors by imitation.

Johns ingenuity and tenacity as a researcher are as impressive as Chasers accomplishments. His groundbreaking approach has opened the door to a new understanding of animal intelligence, one that requires us to reconsider what actually goes on in a dogs mind. Chasers achievements reveal her use of deductive reasoning and complex problem-solving skills to address novel challenges.

Yet astonishingly, Chaser isnt unique. Johns training methods can be adopted by any dog lover. Through the poignant story of how he trained Chaser, raised her as a member of the Pilley family, and proved her abilities to the scientific community, he reveals the positive impact of incorporating learning into play and more effectively channeling a dogs natural drives.

Johns work with Chaser offers a fresh perspective on whats possible in the relationship between a dog and a human. His story points us toward a new way of relating to our canine companions that takes into account our evolving understanding of the way animals and humans learn.

Review:

"Retired psychology professor Pilley's work with his border collie, Chaser, since 2004 is impressive, and his findings have been published in the journal Behavioural Processes. Challenging the bounds of animal knowledge, Chaser has 'learned and retained the proper noun names of 1,022 objects over a period of three years'; the dog remembers more words than any other (nonhuman) animal known. Her achievements have made her a national celebrity, and she's made appearances on the Today show and ABC News. Here, Pilley (and coauthor Hinzmann) effectively describes his family's relationship with Chaser and the theory behind how she was taught such a large vocabulary. His findings have broader implications: the coauthors link the teaching methods developed for Chaser to the controversy about 'teaching to the test' for children. Though there are occasional hiccups in the book, such as Pilley's effusiveness regarding his meeting with news anchor Diane Sawyer, Chaser's remarkable abilities speak for themselves. One 8-page b&w insert. Agent: Steve Ross, Abrams Artist Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

The heartwarming and amazing story of Chaser, a Border Collie who has learned the names of over 1,000 objects, and her octogenarian trainer, exploring the true potential of animal intelligence and the ways in which any dog lover could achieve similar results.

Synopsis:

The amazing story of a very smart Border collie who is redefining animal intelligence.

Synopsis:

Chaser has a way with words. Along with basic nouns like house and tree, she knows the names of more than one thousand toys and can retrieve any of them on command. Now she and her owner, retired psychologist John Pilley, are tackling sentences with multiple grammatical elements and learning behaviors by imitation. Chaser is capable of deductive reasoning and complex problem-solving skills, but she isnt unique. Johns training methods can be adopted by any dog lover. While sharing the poignant story of raising Chaser, John shows how to incorporate learning into play and more effectively channel a dogs natural drives. His work with Chaser points us toward a new way of relating to our canine companions that takes into account our evolving understanding of the way animals and humans learn.

Synopsis:

In 2010, Chaser became famous for learning the names of more than a thousand objects, going well beyond common nouns like toy, ball, and tree. She proved able to use deductive reasoning to learn new words, much as human toddlers do. Her owner and trainer, retired psychologist John Pilley, has now gone further, teaching her to learn behaviors by imitation and to understand the syntax and semantics of sentences.

These accomplishments surpass those documented for any nonhuman animal, from dogs to dolphins to parrots to primates. Pilleys groundbreaking approach has opened the door to a new understanding of animal intelligence.

Yet astonishingly, Chaser isnt unique. Pilleys training success is potentially within the reach of any dog lover. Readers will learn how they can incorporate learning into play and more effectively channel their own dogs natural drives.

Pilleys work with Chaser offers a new understanding of whats possible in the relationship between a dog and a human. His story, as heartwarming as it is amazing, will change the way we relate to our canine companions and open a new window into the way animals and humans learn.

About the Author

JOHN W. PILLEY is an emeritus professor of psychology at Wofford College. He has been working with Chaser since 2004 and has published the findings from their work in the journal Behavioural Processes.

Hilary Hinzmann is a freelance editor and writer based in New York City.

Table of Contents

1. The Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words 1

2. Good-bye 11

3. Christmas in June 26

4. Let the Puppy Be a Puppy 36

5. “Youve Got to Name Her Chaser!” 52

6. Chaser Learns What Not To Chase 63

7. Listening to the Farmer 73

8. Learning by Playing 89

9. Herding Words 108

10. Herding Sheep 119

11. Advanced Lessons 129

12. Getting Published 138

13. Going Viral 153

14. Chaser Takes a Bow 167

15. Chaser Goes to Washington 193

16. Expanding the Conversation 209

Epilogue: Unleashing Chasers Genius 229

Appendix 231

Acknowledgments 237

Index 238

Product Details

ISBN:
9780544102576
Subtitle:
Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words
Author:
Pilley, John W
Author:
Hinzmann, Hilary
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Dogs - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20140923
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w photos
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Retired psychology professor Pilley's work with his border collie, Chaser, since 2004 is impressive, and his findings have been published in the journal Behavioural Processes. Challenging the bounds of animal knowledge, Chaser has 'learned and retained the proper noun names of 1,022 objects over a period of three years'; the dog remembers more words than any other (nonhuman) animal known. Her achievements have made her a national celebrity, and she's made appearances on the Today show and ABC News. Here, Pilley (and coauthor Hinzmann) effectively describes his family's relationship with Chaser and the theory behind how she was taught such a large vocabulary. His findings have broader implications: the coauthors link the teaching methods developed for Chaser to the controversy about 'teaching to the test' for children. Though there are occasional hiccups in the book, such as Pilley's effusiveness regarding his meeting with news anchor Diane Sawyer, Chaser's remarkable abilities speak for themselves. One 8-page b&w insert. Agent: Steve Ross, Abrams Artist Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , The heartwarming and amazing story of Chaser, a Border Collie who has learned the names of over 1,000 objects, and her octogenarian trainer, exploring the true potential of animal intelligence and the ways in which any dog lover could achieve similar results.
"Synopsis" by , The amazing story of a very smart Border collie who is redefining animal intelligence.
"Synopsis" by ,
Chaser has a way with words. Along with basic nouns like house and tree, she knows the names of more than one thousand toys and can retrieve any of them on command. Now she and her owner, retired psychologist John Pilley, are tackling sentences with multiple grammatical elements and learning behaviors by imitation. Chaser is capable of deductive reasoning and complex problem-solving skills, but she isnt unique. Johns training methods can be adopted by any dog lover. While sharing the poignant story of raising Chaser, John shows how to incorporate learning into play and more effectively channel a dogs natural drives. His work with Chaser points us toward a new way of relating to our canine companions that takes into account our evolving understanding of the way animals and humans learn.
"Synopsis" by , In 2010, Chaser became famous for learning the names of more than a thousand objects, going well beyond common nouns like toy, ball, and tree. She proved able to use deductive reasoning to learn new words, much as human toddlers do. Her owner and trainer, retired psychologist John Pilley, has now gone further, teaching her to learn behaviors by imitation and to understand the syntax and semantics of sentences.

These accomplishments surpass those documented for any nonhuman animal, from dogs to dolphins to parrots to primates. Pilleys groundbreaking approach has opened the door to a new understanding of animal intelligence.

Yet astonishingly, Chaser isnt unique. Pilleys training success is potentially within the reach of any dog lover. Readers will learn how they can incorporate learning into play and more effectively channel their own dogs natural drives.

Pilleys work with Chaser offers a new understanding of whats possible in the relationship between a dog and a human. His story, as heartwarming as it is amazing, will change the way we relate to our canine companions and open a new window into the way animals and humans learn.

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