Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the smartest of them all?
In May 2004, the BBC ran a survey to find out more about the Nation's pets, and they called it Test Your Pet. I recorded the programmes and still watch them now and again, but this time I had some test subjects.
So I'll go through the tests one by one, and give each dog's result.
Test 1 - Paw Preference
This test was designed to find out which paw your pet preferred.
Sheila - right-pawed
Pip - scared of the cup
Ben - also scared of the cup
Ben and Pip terrified of cups - whatever next?!
Test 2 - Flip the Tin
How much initiative do my dogs have?
Sheila - 5 points - flipped it right over
Pip - 1 point - scared of the cup
Ben - 1 point - also scared of the cup
(The points were part of the TV show's survey, and help me to work out the winner).
Sheila's not scared of cups! Hoorah!
Test 3 - Drop the Treat
How does the world work?
Sheila - 3 points - looked at the floor, then the table
Pip - 5 points - watched the table
Ben - 5 points - also watched the table
Test 4 - Round the Bend
Problem solving - no problem!
Sheila - 3 points - took a minute, but worked it out eventually
Pip - 5 points - went round the bend straight away
Ben - 3 points - took a while, but worked it out eventually
Sheila's friends couldn't help her with this one.
Test 5 - Command of Language
Listen to me!
Sheila - 1 point - 6 commands
Pip - 1 point - 3 commands
Ben - 1 point - 5 commands
"Sit amongst stuffed collies" doesn't count, Pip.
Test 6 - Pull the String
Are you pulling my leg?
Sheila - 3 points - got it eventually
Pip - 1 point - went off to do something else
Ben - 1 point - licked my face
Sheila did the best in this test.
Test 7 - Hide and Seek
Sheila - 1 point - forgot a treat was there
Pip - 1 point - forgot
Ben - 1 point - ate a decoy, then forgot
I forgot what?
And the winner is...
Sheila and Pip with 16 out of 30 points each!
Ben came third with 12/30.
Well done, girls! And Ben too.
Here's a link to the tests for other pets, including dogs, cats, horses and fish: Test Your Pet Tests. The tests are really fun and interesting, and please let me know your results if you decide to have a go.