Are some dogs geniuses?

Thirty-four naive dogs and six gifted dogs participated in the research. Could naive dogs catch up to the gifted dogs with dedicated training? Would puppies learn more quickly than adults due to enhanced brain plasticity at such a sensitive age?

The findings were just published to the journal Scientific Reports.

Thirty-three of the 34 puppies and adult dogs without prior training in recognizing objects didn't learn any object names for the duration of the study. One, however, learned twenty! Her performance was roughly on par with the 'gifted' dogs, which each learned an average of twenty object names by the end of the study. One of the 'gifted' dogs, the aforementioned Gaia, learned the names of 37 objects! That's one talented pup...