There are some misguided souls who argue that dogs do not think.
They say dogs react because of instinct and their life experience with reward and punishment. Nothing more.
They say that we are projecting our own thoughts on them as if the thoughts are coming from the dog.
While we admit to doing this, there is more to dog-think.
If you are reading this blog, probably on more than one occasion you have imagined the wheels going around in your dog's head, as they try to resolve an enigma never encountered before. Or they may be trying to figure out what you want them to do. Or whether they want to do it or not.
Researchers at Emory University believe they are a step closer to finding out how a dog thinks by using an MRI to scan the dog’s brain waves. The researchers hope to decode the mental processes of dogs by finding which areas of the brain are activated by various stimuli.
So that they would be awake for the procedure, the dogs were trained to wear earmuffs, walk into the MRI scanner, and hold their heads still to prevent the blurring of images.
Early results have been promising.
According to the lead researcher, Gregory Berns,
We hope this opens up a whole new door for understanding canine cognition and inter-species communication. We want to understand the dog-human relationship, from the dog’s perspective. Source
If there is any question about whether a dog can think and solve problems...
Problem: small dog size, food on counter. Solution comes at about the 1:40 mark