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Numbers Game

April 11 | 3 Comments

Some think this dog is amazing . Me, I’m not surprised.

In case you missed this one, a Mission Viejo woman’s dog — a 9-year-old cockapoo known as Cookie Einstein — has become a celebrity of sorts for her apparent mathematical abilities, the O.C. Register’s Niyaz Pirani reported over the weekend.

She [Cookie] adds, subtracts, multiplies, divides and calculates square roots and simple algebra through barking. And Cookie can answer if the question’s asked in either English or Spanish.

Bi-lingual and good in math…she must have scored well on her SATs.

Cookie won’t respond to anybody but Miller, and she won’t bark unless there’s a treat involved — sliced turkey being one of her favorites. You might think that there are signals communicated between owner and pet; instead, Miller simply holds Cookie’s mouth until she’s ready to hear the answer.

Do I doubt Cookie knows the answers? Of course not, for every canine knows we’ve been bred to be good at math. We’re constantly counting the number of treats we have been given in a day, match that against recent trends and do a quick regression analysis to determine the likelihood of getting more. It’s as instinctive as chasing a cat, or a mailman.

I wonder what would happen if Miller asked Cookie to tell her the value of Pi?

Anyway, if you’re skeptical take a look at the video below:

 

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3 Responses to “Numbers Game”

  1. Chuck on July 27th, 2008 5:52 am

    It appears she moves her head up to signal the dog to stop barking.  I am not an expert, just my observation.

    Chuck

  2. Anonymous on July 29th, 2008 3:39 pm

    Does this remind anyone of Clever Hans?

  3. Patty on September 10th, 2008 6:42 pm

    15 + 3 divided by 3 is not 6, it is 16.. Order of operations says so.
    Division and multiplication are first then additon and subtraction.  Does the dog know math?

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