Chaser

Chaser

Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows A Thousand Words

Large Print - 2014
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Chaser has a way with words. She knows over a thousand of them -- more than any other animal of any species except humans. And she and her owner/trainer, retired psychologist John Pilley, have now demonstrated her ability to understand sentences with multiple elements of grammar and to learn new behaviors by imitation. John's work with Chaser offers a fresh perspective on what's possible in the relationship between a dog and a human
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410464262
1410464261
Characteristics: 463 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Hinzmann, Hilary

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SanRafaelStaff_Adult Oct 27, 2017

The heartwarming and amazing story of Chaser, a Border Collie who has learned the names of over 1,000 objects, and her octogenarian trainer, exploring the true potential of animal intelligence and the ways in which any dog lover could achieve similar results.


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ArapahoeLinda Aug 29, 2016

Having loved my own border collie and admired her understanding of the spoken word and even the unspoken word, I found Chaser to be a bittersweet read. I felt that Chaser, like a gifted child, lived with the pressure to perform and to constantly show his knowledge. Yet, I found joy in reading about a beloved pet that loved to work just like my beloved Cassie.

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Jan 27, 2015

I recall many years ago, when I was fortunate to have a wonderful canine companion, also a Border Collie, whom I would let out in the backyard upon returning from work each night. When I would bring out her food, I would find her sitting in front of a pile of peaches, gnawing on them. Since there wasn't a peach tree in the yard, I would have to sneak out and discover that she had dug a hole in the corner by the fence, where a wooded area bordered the yard, and she would make several runs bringing peaches back into the yard. If that isn't abstract intelligence. . . .

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