Study finds almost two thirds of dogs can talk back to their owner

Everyone knows that dogs are man’s best friend, but a recent study has found just how closely we are able to communicate with our pets.

Dog treat brand, Good Boy created a fun interactive quiz called ‘All Dogs New Tricks’ that presented dog owners with a series of tricks, they were then asked to answer yes or no to whether or not their dog could perform those tricks.

The highest possible score was 65 and participants were given either gold, silver or bronze certificates dependant on their dogs score.

An amazing 59% of over 1000 people who completed the quiz said that their dog could ‘speak’ to them on command.

Eighty three percent said that they taught their dog to kiss on command and, interestingly, despite the ‘snoot challenge’ going viral last year, only 28% of dogs could actually perform the trick.

The most commonly performed, or easiest tricks were ‘sit’ with 95% of dogs being able to do the command, ‘stay’ (87%), ‘recall’ (85%) and ‘lie down’ (84%). The least common, and therefore hardest tricks performed were ‘Close the door’ with 13% of dogs still being able to achieve the command, ‘play dead’ (19%), ‘crawl’ (23%) and ‘bow’ (23%).

Good Boy also revealed that the most well-trained dogs were found in the West Midlands with an average score of 32 out of 65. The North East had the worst trained dogs with an average score of only 26 out of 65.

Border Collies and German Shepherds came out joint top across the UK, cementing their place a the most well-trained breed with an average score of 39 out of 65. Labradoodles came second with an average score of 37, and Whippets came third with an average score of 35.

The dog breeds bringing up the rear in terms of trick knowledge were Greyhounds with an average score of 18, Siberian Huskies and Miniature Dachshunds with a joints score of 21 and Chihuahuas with an average score of 22.

Mike Love, Marketing Manager at Good Boy, said: “Here at Good Boy we believe that all dogs have their day – whether they’re well into their senior years or are still a pup, all dogs have the capability to learn and be rewarded.

“Equally, we’ve seen a huge amount of heart-warming responses on social media that prove it doesn’t matter how many tricks your dog can do – it’s the taking part that counts! We hope that our new interactive quiz will be fun, like our brand ethos and, more importantly, inspire dog owners to keep teaching their pooch new tricks.”

Good Boy created their quiz in conjunction with a competition for one lucky dog to win a year’s supply of Good Boy dog treats, which is open until the 29th April 2019. You can complete Good Boy’s quiz and enter their ‘All Dogs New Tricks’ competition here.