According to the Oxford dictionary, a scientist is a “A person who is studying or has expert knowledge of one or more of the natural or physical sciences.” These individuals tend to be characterised by several features:
Intelligence – They have the aptitude to learn new things and apply their skills to answer questions. Great scientists are able to see the world in a way that few people have ever looked at it before, allowing them to ask questions that no one had ever thought to ask. Albert Einstein questioned how space and time were related and described this relationship with the theory of special relativity.
Inquisitiveness – They are curious about the world. Charles Darwin spent 5 years on the HMS Beagle detailing the wonders of the natural world and speculating on how they may have arisen.
Persistence – They keep at a problem, they don’t give up. Marie Curie processed tons of pitchblende to isolate radium.
A Logical Mind – They can formulate models of the world which enable them to not just explain things, but to predict them. Meteorologists can predict the weather based on complex models and current weather parameters. Newton was able to formulate equations for the laws of motion and these could be used to predict how objects would move and allow us to calculate how long it would take an apple to fall on your head.
However, these traits are not specific to man (or woman). In fact they can be found in man’s best friend. Perhaps even yours?
Like humans, not all dogs are scientists. But some do deserve the title of Dog Scientist. We believe that most people underestimate the wisdom of dogs. This website is dedicated to dogs, their owners and everyone who possesses a scientific mind and an appreciation of canine intelligence.
We have a collection of experiments done by our chief scientist – Albert, together with information about training. We also share clips and information about smart dogs around the world.