- Border Collie Bear correctly identifies names of his soft toys during memory test
- Owner Sophie Gloss, 27, from Guernsey, asks her canine to fetch various toys
- Dog excitedly rushes over to each toy and then takes them back to his owner
This is the comical moment a Border Collie correctly identifies the names of his toys and fetches them on request for his owner.
Owner Sophie Gloss, 27, from Guernsey, had been at home with her six-year-old canine Bear when she decided to give her ‘genius’ dog a memory test.
Footage shows the Border Collie correctly recognise his 11 toys by name and fetch them for his owner on her command.
Ms Gloss later told social media users that her dog could now successfully identify 52 soft toys.
Six-year-old Border Collie Bear fetches the soft toys on request for his owner Sophie Gloss, 27, from Guernsey
The canine listens to his owner’s command before running over to each toy and grabbing it with his mouth
During the clip, which was filmed in January, Ms Gloss, who has owned Bear since he was a puppy, looks at her canine and asks: ‘We’re going to do your toys aren’t we? Where’s your dinosaur?’
The clever dog looks at the toys sprawled out across the floor before grabbing the dinosaur with his mouth and excitedly giving it to Ms Gloss.
Ms Gloss then asks her pet to retrieve the caterpillar and watches in awe as he yet again correctly identifies the soft toy.
As the memory test continues, the dog goes on to correctly recognise the names of the pig, camel, snake, lobster, crocodile, dachshund and the walrus before Ms Gloss tells him: ‘Bear, high five, good boy!’
Ms Gloss later took to Instagram to tell viewers: ‘Bear can recognise up to 52 toys by name. It takes him five minutes to remember a new toy!’
As the memory test continues, Bear correctly identifies and grabs hold of a crocodile toy for his owner
Ms Gloss congratulates her dog for correctly recognising the toys and says: ‘Bear, high five, good boy!’
Following the comical scenes, social media users applauded the canine’s impressive skills, with one calling him a ‘precious soul’.
One user wrote: ‘Oh bless him, he’s super clever and cute!’
While another added: ‘This is the cutest video I think I have ever seen.’
Another person commented: ‘I love this way too much. What a gorgeous smart boy.
Elsewhere another added: ‘What a smart and precious soul.’
In 2019, a study from the University of Sussex found that a dogs’s understanding of of human language went far beyond just ‘sit’, ‘walk’ and ‘fetch’.
Social media users applauded the canine’s impressive skills, with one calling him a ‘smart and precious soul’
The study of 42 dogs, published in Biology Letters, also discovered that canines were also able to decipher various accents, from the Queen’s English to the thick West Country twang.
During their experiment, researchers played recordings of four different people saying the same word to the pets and then followed it up with a word that sounded slightly different.
The assessors noticed that the animals reacted strongly when the word change and would turn their head sharply and look at the source of the voice for longer, indicating they were aware it was different to the others.
Dr Holly Root-Gutteridge, the first author of the study from the University of Sussex, said: ‘In cartoon strips, dogs listening to their owners are shown to hear ‘blah, blah, blah, walkies’.
But these results show they have more advanced language skills than we give them credit for, and I actually know dogs that can respond to 75 different commands.
‘Dogs probably gained the ability to distinguish between the barks of other dogs so they could work out their size, and then they started paying attention to our language after we domesticated them.’
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Border Collie called Bear knows all his 52 toys by name and fetches them on command