Dognition: Life From My Dog’s Perspective

I rescued/adopted my dog Sheba from the Humane Society about two and a half years ago and learned quickly that she has a mind of her own. She’s come a long way since then, but I still always wonder how her brain works. Cue my stumbling upon Dognition, a cognition and personality assessment for your dog that comes from playing a series of games across 5 categories. The company kindly provided me a free trial of their service and I loved diving into life from my dog’s perspective.

We tried a few different games in the memory and it was pretty interesting to see what her actions were when testing her memory against smell, pointing, and delay. In this category, Sheba’s results showed that she has an amazing working memory, allowing her to keep information in mind and manipulate it. “For Sheba, out of sight is definitely not out of mind.” So true!

How does Sheba use reasoning? I’m proud to say she passed the most difficult games here, and was deemed a Sherlock Holmes among dogs. Here, I learned that she’s able to solve things by” imagining different solutions and choosing the one that makes the most sense.”

In the communication games, Sheba’s responses were wishy washy between collaborative (listening to me) and self-reliant (not listening). I think we were both a bit distracted when playing the games in this category, so I think we’ll have to try them again. Communication is very important and I definitely want to gain more insight into how Sheba interprets things I tell/signal to her.

If I played this game when first adopting Sheba, she would’ve fallen into the far end of the spectrum – wily/super cunning. I was pleasantly surprised to find that she scored trustworthy! When telling her “no” and covering my eyes or turning my back to her, I was sure she’d go for the treat. She was more likely to take the treat when I was looking at her. I did notice that anytime I made eye contact with her she took it as a cue to go ahead.. good to know!

Despite the fact that Sheba’s an independent soul, her empathy scores were “off the charts,” meaning she’s very much in sync with what I’m feeling and is extremely bonded to me. I couldn’t stop laughing during the yawn test where I yawned and then Sheba proceeded to. Who knew yawns were contagious to dogs too!?

Overall Analysis
Sheba’s overall analysis showed her as a Lone Wolf/Maverick, which wasn’t too surprising to me. A Maverick is one who likes to work independently, doesn’t conform to anyone’s standard, and can hold their own compared to other dogs. Definitely the truth! Dognition goes into a lot more detail on your dog’s results as well and at the end of the assessment, a PDF with the results is sent to you to review and save in your files.

A Dognition membership (for one dog) is $29 for the assessment and an additional $5 or $9 per month (depending on which subscription you select) if you choose to become a member. This  includes a new game focused on another category to help you better understand your pup, tips and activities prepared by canine training experts specific to your dog’s results, exclusive offers and new research findings and how your dog compares.

If you’re a dog owner (especially you new ones), this is definitely a tool I recommend investing in, even if just for one month. Yes, you can pick up on your pup’s behavior on your own, but these science-based games are designed by industry experts to really dive deep into different aspects of your furry friend’s personality. Currently, there are 9 Dognition profiles – Ace, Maverick, Charmer, Socialite, Protodog, Renaissance Dog, Expert, Stargazer, Einstein. Which do you think your dog is?

*Disclosure: I received a free trial for review purposes. All opinions are my own.


1 Comment

  1. September 11, 2014 / 11:25 PM

    Very interesting! Will have to check this out when I get a dog.