IQ Test #6

The last test of the series. And Pablo flunked. Big time.

A test of language comprehension, it requires that your dog have a name. Once your dog is settled about 6 feet away from you, call to him/her. But instead of saying your dog’s name, call out “refrigerator.”


If your dog shows some response to come     3 points

If your dog does not come, call “movies” and if he/she comes     2 points

If after all this, your dog shows no response, call it by its true name. If your dog then comes or shows any tendency to move to you     5 points

If your dog hasn’t moved, call its name again. If he/she comes     4 points

If your dog still doesn’t come     1 point

Pablo was sitting a few feet away from me. I called “refrigerator.” His ears pricked up, registering it, but he made no move to come. I then called “movies.” Again, a flicker of the ear, but he made no other move. Finally I called “Pablo.” This time he cocked his head and gave me his quizzical look. I called “Pablo” a second time, but he remained where he was. Scoring: 1 point

Now I know damn well that Pablo knows his name. He also knows the words “toys,” “breakfast,” and “dinner,” among others. However, Pablo has never been one to come when called (unless his best interests are involved). This is the major reason I never let him off leash when outside, except in a fenced-in area. I can’t trust him to come when called. So to me this was more a test of Pablo’s obedience, not his language skills. And obedience-wise, he’s a dope.

It is a wise pug who knows his own name.



Filed under Canine intelligence, pugs

3 responses to “IQ Test #6

  1. Joan

    Seems like there should be a better way to set up this test, so it’s testing his language skills not his obedience.

  2. K

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Pablo’s “level of intelligence” in these tests is directly related to whether there’s food involved. But I think that it’s more likely that what we’re seeing is his interest level, not his intelligence level.

    I’m not convinced that the tests you used are a true measure of canine intelligence, despite their having been developed by an “expert”. If the dog, any dog, isn’t interested in what you’re doing — and in Pablo’s case that means food — then he’s not going to make any effort. Other species may be interested in other things, a thrown stick for example. And if we define “intelligence” as problem solving skills, which I think is valid, then this last test has no place in a suite of intelligence tests.

    But yes, Pablo, as lovable as he is, can sometimes be a bit of a dope.

  3. Drax

    Uh, wait a minute… What was the doggy’s name?

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