Chaser by John W Pilley & Hilary Hinzmann
Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words

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A few years ago, the author’s research was featured in academic journals, picked up by the press and featured on TV. These days, he and Chaser are working on complex sentences. A delightful memoir that offers a challenge to behavioral psychologists and inspiration for pet lovers.
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A New York Times Bestseller

"The most scientifically important dog in over a century." —Brian Hare

Chaser has fascinated dog lovers and scientists alike. Her story reveals the potential for taking out dialogue with dogs well beyond "fetch." When retired psychology professor John Pilley first got his new Border collie puppy, Chaser, he wanted to explore the boundaries of language learning and communication between humans and man's best friend. Exhibiting intelligence previously thought impossible in dogs, Chaser soon learned the names of more than a thousand toys and sentences with multiple elements of grammar. Chaser's accomplishments are revolutionizing the way we think about the intelligence of animals. John and Chaser's inspiring journey demonstrates the power of learning through play and opens our eyes to the boundless potential in the animals we love.
 

About John W Pilley & Hilary Hinzmann

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JOHN W. PILLEY is an emeritus professor of psychology at Wofford College. He has been working with Chaser since 2004 and has published the findings from their work in the journal Behavioural Processes. Hilary Hinzmann is a freelance editor and writer based in New York City.
 
Published October 29, 2013 by Mariner Books. 285 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction
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on Sep 04 2013

A few years ago, the author’s research was featured in academic journals, picked up by the press and featured on TV. These days, he and Chaser are working on complex sentences. A delightful memoir that offers a challenge to behavioral psychologists and inspiration for pet lovers.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Aug 26 2013

Though there are occasional hiccups in the book, such as Pilley’s effusiveness regarding his meeting with news anchor Diane Sawyer, Chaser’s remarkable abilities speak for themselves.

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