Border collie comprehends object names as verbal referents

  title={Border collie comprehends object names as verbal referents},
  author={John W. Pilley and Alliston K. Reid},
  journal={Behavioural Processes},
  • J. Pilley, A. K. Reid
  • Published 1 February 2011
  • Psychology, Chemistry, Medicine
  • Behavioural Processes
Four experiments investigated the ability of a border collie (Chaser) to acquire receptive language skills. Experiment 1 demonstrated that Chaser learned and retained, over a 3-year period of intensive training, the proper-noun names of 1022 objects. Experiment 2 presented random pair-wise combinations of three commands and three names, and demonstrated that she understood the separate meanings of proper-noun names and commands. Chaser understood that names refer to objects, independent of the… 
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