From the Desk of Linda Tellington-Jones

The Intelligence of Dogs

Dogs have been close family members now for 70 years. Hard to believe, but one of my earlier photos that Mother had in our album was me sitting on the porch of our tent/house in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories of Canada when I was 3 years old. She said she had just interrupted a little breakfast  – a piece of bacon I was sharing with our dog.
As I write this, our Westie, Rayne, is lying on the couch sleeping since it well past 11PM and she rarely goes to bed without me. I’m fascinated by the intelligence of dogs, and their amazing ability to communicate with us in so many subtle, and not so subtle ways. I’m delighted that there more articles being written about the intelligence of dogs. I enjoyed this one in the New York Times that was sent to me by TTouch Practitioner Jessica O’Donoghue entitled,
There is also a video of  Chaser, the “border collie who lives in Spartanburg, S.C., and has the largest vocabulary of any known dog. She knows 1,022 nouns, a record that displays unexpected depths of the canine mind and may help explain how children acquire language.” You can watch it here.


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