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A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Meet Chaser, the 9-year-old border collie who knows 1,000 words. Chaser is world famous as the dog who knows more than 1,000 words.
John Pilley talks about his dog Chaser, a 9-year-old border collie who knows 1,000 words, alongside his wife Sally at their home in Spartanburg, S. The experiment began with a racquetball that has now been replaced many times. This is Blue,” said John Pilley, a retired Wofford College psychology professor. Blue,” Pilley repeated, and rolled the ball to his 2-month-old border collie. He said the name again as Chaser took the ball in her mouth and held it just out of reach in a coy game of keep-away. Tail wagging, paws clattering, she chased Blue across the room in what became the first steps in her training to learn human language. Blue led to Bamboozle, a stuffed orange horse, Choo Choo, a squeaky rubber train, Cinderella, Dora, Drumstick, Ears and Elmo.
The house filled up with toys — 800 animals, 116 balls and 26 Frisbees — kept in huge plastic bins on the back porch. Pilley could no longer remember them all. Chaser is now world famous as the dog who knows more than 1,000 words, the largest known vocabulary of any animal except humans. Besides proper nouns, she knows verbs, adverbs and prepositions. She’s learned that common nouns can identify different things.