Most dogs can’t learn words without extensive training, but a few with exceptional abilities learn words without any formal training, researchers report. They learn words simply by playing with their owners.
The team of Hungarian researchers investigated how quickly two of these talented pooches could learn new words.
Their study included a Border Collie named Whisky from Norway — already famous for her spontaneous categorization skills — and a Yorkshire terrier named Vicky Nina, from Brazil.
“Importantly, in both conditions the dogs heard the name of the new toy only four times,” Fugazza said.
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