Can They Reason???
Have you ever wondered whether dogs can reason? For example, assess
a situation, develop a plan of action to obtain a desired result
and carry out the plan. I always did, but until witnessing the
following scenario, I never really had proof that they could.
See what you think.
Our living room has one couch. Occupancy can be from three to
four people, two Mastiffs or one person and one Mastiff. When
watching television, I am the one person and the Mastiff is first
come, first served (my husband refuses to throw his recliner into
This particular evening, Amanda (the younger girl) made it to
the couch first. Cassie (the older girl) stood across the room
contemplating the situation for a while, then made a purposeful
jump on one of the tug ropes in the middle of the room. She made
a great show of swinging it in the air and acting as if she were
having the time of her life. Amanda, ever the fun-loving puppy,
jumped off the couch and grabbed the other end of the rope starting
their usual tug-of-war game.
Cassie proceeded to play for a few minutes, gradually positioning
herself closer and closer to the couch. Suddenly, she dropped
the rope, turned and hopped on the couch, settling down with a
large sigh. The look on her face plainly said, "I was here
first, I have seniority, it's my couch!"
While Jerry and I are laughing hysterically, Amanda is standing
in the middle of the room with the rope dangling from her mouth,
wondering what happened to the game. Maybe with age, she too will
learn to reason.