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    How smart are dogs, really?

    How smart are dogs, really?
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    3rd: That’s where dogs rank, behind dolphins and chimpanzees, in terms of cognitive capacity, according to British researchers. Turns out, dogs are downright average when it comes to “sensory cognition, physical cognition, spacial cognition, social cogitation, and self-awareness.” Good sense of smell. But that’s about it. Surely, dogs aren’t as clever as humans imagine them to be when compared with wolves, hyenas, cats, dolphins, chimpanzees, horses, and pigeons. “When a broad enough set of comparison species is considered, there is no current case for canine exceptionalism,” the paper, which drew on more than 300 previous studies, concludes.

    No participation trophy for you, Fido.