Pet News- Chaser the Border Collie, thanks for making us feel inadequate

Chaser the dog   Photo: Cass Sapir/Nova Science Now

Chaser the dog Photo: Cass Sapir/Nova Science Now

Recently the NY Times ran an article about Chaser the border collie and her amazing 1,022 word vocabulary. (WOW!)   Initially we felt as if Chaser was a super dog, unlike our own dogs.  Our dogs are smart, know all of the basic commands, but by no means have a vocabulary even in the hundreds of words.

Chaser’s owner, John W. Pilley, a retired psychologist,  spent 4-5 hours a day training her. (WOW!)  He actually said she still demands 4-5 hours of training a day and he goes to bed to “Get away from her”.

Touche mademoiselle puppy dog, touché! So, now, this just reinforces the “Be careful what you wish for” adage.  It seems that Mr. Pilley is in a pickle about his psychological permutation that has now plunged him into a hypothesis of puppy purgatory play.

We will stick with our “Come, Sit, Stay” commands.

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