The World’s Ari Daniel Shapiro reported Wednesday on a lab in Vienna, Austria, where scientists are studying the personalities of dogs. Their experiments are aimed at improving the training and selection of dogs that serve society, from helping the disabled to assisting the police.
The experiments are taking place at the Veterinary University of Vienna’s Clever Dog Lab.
Ever wonder what makes a dog bold or shy, eager or sullen?
“We are interested in lots of different questions concerning dogs,” says Friederike Range, a biologist who helps run the lab.
Range says the main goal of the lab is to investigate how dogs understand their world. “This includes, of course, their social world [i.e., other dogs and people] as well as their physical environment.”
Ari’s report got us thinking about our own clever dogs here at The World newsroom.
I bet many of YOU have a clever dog too. Tweet your clever dog picture using the hashtag #cleverdog and we’ll collect them here.