Are you a Dr. Dolittle? New Study Finds that Almost Two Thirds of Dogs Can Talk Back to Their Owner
Everyone knows that dogs are man’s best friend, but a recent study has found just how closely we are able to communicate with our pets.
The UK’s fastest growing dog treat brand Good Boy created a fun interactive quiz called ‘All Dogs, New Tricks!’ that presented dog owners with a series of tricks, they were then asked to answer yes or no to whether or not their dog could perform those tricks. The highest possible score was 65 and participants were given either gold, silver or bronze certificates dependant on their dogs score.
An amazing 59 percent of over 1000 people who completed the quiz said that their dog could ‘speak’ to them on command. Eighty three percent said that they taught their dog to kiss on command and, interestingly, despite the ‘snoot challenge’ going viral last year, only 28 percent of dogs could actually perform the trick.
The most commonly performed, or easiest, tricks were ‘sit’ with 95 percent of dogs being able to do the command, ‘stay‘ (87%), ‘recall‘ (85%), and ‘lie down‘ (84%). The least common, and therefore hardest tricks performed were ‘Close the door’ with 13 percent of dogs still being able to achieve the command, ‘play dead’ (19%), ‘put toys away’ (19%), ‘crawl’ (23%) and ‘bow’ (23%).
Good Boy also revealed that the most well-trained dogs were found in the West Midlands with an average score of 32 out of 65. North East had the worst trained dogs with an average score of only 26 out of 65.
Average scores per region, from highest to lowest:
- West Midlands - 32
- Northern Ireland - 31
- Scotland - 31
- South East - 31
- Yorkshire & The Humber - 31
- East of England - 30
- Wales - 30
- East Midlands - 29
- North West - 29
- South West - 28
- London - 27
- North East - 26
Border Collies and German Shepherds came out joint top across the UK, cementing their place as the most well-trained breed with an average score of 39 out of 65.
Labradoodles came second with an average score of 37, and Whippets came third with an average score of 35.
The dog breeds bringing up the rear in terms of trick knowledge were Greyhounds with an average score of 18, Siberian Huskies and Miniature Dachshunds with a joint score of 21 and Chihuahuas with an average score of 22.
Mike Love, Marketing Manager at Good Boy said, “Here at Good Boy we believe that all dogs have their day - whether they’re well into their senior years or are still a pup, all dogs have the capability to learn and be rewarded.
“Equally, we’ve seen a huge amount of heart-warming responses on social media that prove it doesn’t matter how many tricks your dog can do - it’s the taking part that counts! We hope that our new interactive quiz will be fun, like our brand ethos and, more importantly, inspire dog owners to keep teaching their pooch new tricks!”
Good Boy is the flagship brand of Armitage Pet Care. The Good Boy brand consists of a huge range of high-quality dog treats in different shapes, flavours and sizes to suit every occasion.
Armitage is a British company with over 200 years of expertise and was granted a Royal Warrant as Pet Food Manufacturer to Queen Elizabeth II in 1976. For more information on delicious Good Boy dog treats visit www.goodboy.co.uk.