Dogs not only sniff, jump, cuddle and act as our furry buddies — they also seem to be capable of processing numbers like us, according to a recent report in Science Magazine.
A new study from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, published by Biology Letters, indicates that while dogs do not have the capability of counting numbers exactly as humans do, they do notice when we put less food in their bowls, or reward them with extra treats, meaning they can understand quantities.
Even as stupid as that asshole dog Jack is, he knows quantity.
He sleeps in my room if I bring him in for the night, and on those nights when I go to bed, I get 4 dog biscuits to dole out to him as I’m reading before I turn out the light. He gets one about every 5-10 minutes and in between treats, he sits by the side of my bed and waits patiently, believe it or not. When he gets his last one, I pat him on the head and tell him, “That’s it, asshole” and then he goes to his pad and lays down.
About 2-3 weeks ago, I only had 3 doggy treats left in the box, not 4, but I figured he wouldn’t know. He’s fucking stupid, right? I gave him his 3 treats, patted him on the head and told him that was it, then I rubbed his chest and bid him good night before turning off the light. When I woke up the next morning and turned on the light, that fucking dog was still on my side of the bed, sitting up, and waiting for his fourth dog biscuit.
Now I know he didn’t spend the entire night sitting up waiting for a treat, he sat up when he heard me stirring, but there’s no doubt in my mind he was there when I opened my eyes waiting for the biscuit he thinks I cheated him out of.
Tell me he doesn’t understand quantity.