Within a four-part experiment, six Border Collies were tested. There were three males and three females, with an average age of 3.6 years old. Researchers selected the dogs because they all demonstrated a previous ability to memorize toy names.
Keeping the study as close to home-life, as possible, A Bunch Of Rough Collies Doormat. Dror explained that the manner of teaching the Collies was conducted by the pet parents, themselves, in the form of typical play between a dog and their human.
“The owner shows the toy to the dog and says its name — for example, ‘look, this is the elephant’ — and then starts to give the toy to the dog or throws it for the dog to fetch, always by repeating the name of the toy a few times, for example, ‘go find the elephant,’” Dror said.