Esteemed psychologist and dog behaviourist, Dr Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC, who specialises in testing dogs’ IQ, says that dogs are definitely getting smarter.
When he first began his doggy IQ tests back in the 1990s, dogs were as smart as the average two-year old. “Now,” says Dr Coren. “Dogs are as smart as a five-year old. That’s over a doubling of their IQ level.”
Meanwhile, researchers at Cambridge University who have been studying human development say the last two human generations have been getting dumber, not smarter.
They call it the “internet and smart phone generation”. In spite of having hundreds of ‘friends’, people are increasingly isolated. Plus, video games and the instant availability of on-screen information and recreation has lead to very short attention spans which is a prime indicator of lower intelligence.
“Goldfish are a prime example of what happens to a species when their attention span drops,” said the researchers. “The average human IQ used to be 100 but now it’s dropped to 87.”
Meanwhile, technology such as the CleverPet Hub and the PupPod are enabling dogs to improve and expand their intelligence
Researchers say if these two patterns continue, dogs will become more intelligent than humans in around 30 years, by 2050!
But no matter how smart dogs become, and even when they take over the world, they’ll still need humans with opposable thumbs to open cans of dog food and build kennels so the future of the human race is assured.