Dogs are not color blind :-)

Go Back   Dog Forum > Other Dogforum Interests > Dog Pictures and Videos

Dogs are not color blind :-)

This is a discussion on Dogs are not color blind :-) within the Dog Pictures and Videos forums, part of the Other Dogforum Interests category; It's a try to find out if my Pinscher mongrel Funny can be trained to differentiate colors while playing. Dog Assigning Colors - YouTube Dog ...

User Tag List

Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By FailedSlacker

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-04-2016, 06:02 PM
  #1
Junior Member
 
Guanabana's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Mars
Posts: 11
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Dogs are not color blind :-)

It's a try to find out if my Pinscher mongrel Funny can be trained to differentiate colors while playing.


Guanabana is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2016, 06:36 PM
  #2
Junior Member
 
Paulixia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
For me it looks like she doesn't fully understand the task, she knows it's about putting balls into different boxes, but I don't think she assigned them with colour? She seems to think it's just about swapping them. I would try to put balls away from the box and let her choose the right box. Dogs only see purple, blue and yellow, all the others are different shades of grey for them.
Paulixia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2016, 11:17 AM
  #3
Junior Member
 
Guanabana's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Mars
Posts: 11
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Hi Paulixia,

thank you for your input and you are partly right, putting the balls further away will be the next step.

The target of the exercise in the video is also to raise Funnys awareness for colors. Just using the colored boxes might help her to get an idea more easily of not only which color matches but also which one does not. Ideally she should be aware of this before she takes the ball in her mouth.

In the video, Funny is offered most times a wrong option and a right one, and I think she does pretty well, because we have played this game not that often yet.

Nevertheless we tried your proposal today and I have thrown only on ball further away, but offered all three boxes. At first we tried it with yellow five or six times. Funny succeeded every time putting the ball in the yellow box, altought I swapped the position of the boxes every time (middle, left or right). That was a big surprise and made me really happy. But afterwards Funny did not do as well with blue or red.


That raises further questions as i am not a dog psycholgist:

How long is a dog able to remember the color of the ball after taking it in its mouth?
How long is the attantion span of a dog that makes it able to focus on this task at all?
Is red, blue and yellow ok, or can a dog differentiate another combination of colors more easily?


Thank you for your attention and please excuse my write errors
Klaus
Guanabana is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Old 12-05-2016, 12:02 PM
  #4
Senior Member
 
FailedSlacker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Small Town, Southern Sask
Posts: 3,366
Mentioned: 107 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
If I had to guess, Funny is thinking of it in terms of bright/dull instead of yellow/blue/grey since the blue/grey difference is more subtle than yellow/grey or yellow/blue. Once the bright/dull is rock solid, I'd go and train the blue/grey separately (and not offer the yellow option). Or you could add in a white or black instead of the red since they should be a more shade dramatic difference.

If you don't have one yet, I'd suggest picking up a dog-vision app for your phone so you can see the basic idea of what each specific colour looks like for your dog. Pinks for instance can end up looking yellow, blue, or grey depending on their shade. They are actually great to have on hand for trouble shooting other problems too since what seems obvious to you might not be to them.

I've been doing* something similar with Streak and getting him to pick up specific discs based on their colour. So I'll say "Blue" and he'll go out and grab either the blue or purple disc (since they look similar to him - dog's don't actually see purple except as a shade of blue or bluish-grey). "White" gets me the white disc, "Low" gets the yellow one, and "Pink" gets the pink or light orange disc (again these specific discs look similar to him).

*Well, was doing until his herding hormones kicked in and made us focus on impulse control and "no, you don't need to gather all the discs"

Also, I absolutely love "Funny" as a name for a dog.
Guanabana likes this.
FailedSlacker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2016, 04:35 AM
  #5
Junior Member
 
Guanabana's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Mars
Posts: 11
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by FailedSlacker View Post
Once the bright/dull is rock solid, I'd go and train the blue/grey separately (and not offer the yellow option). Or you could add in a white or black instead of the red since they should be a more shade dramatic difference.
Excuse me for my late response and thank you for your really helpful tips. I did not now about the app yet, I will try it out today.

After i had watched at a color spectrum bar, i thought that blue/red/yellow is the choice. We try out bright/dull next.

It is interesting that your dog Streak did really great with colours first. I noticed something similar with Funny. She is doing well when a trick is new. But after she gets more routine, she tries to make shortcuts and does the tricks not as nicely anymore. She becomes impatient and wants to achieve the target earlier to get rewarded sooner. Maybe she gets too many treats, but she used to it.

Great blog you have linked, i might find some new tricks there for Funny to have even more fun
Guanabana is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fellow Daycare Workers? Curious and looking for other experiences/insights. kelly528 Dog Training and Behavior 6 11-17-2016 08:51 PM
Dog Doesn't Like Bigger Dogs KKBTW Dog Training and Behavior 6 11-11-2016 10:53 AM
Pitbulls et al... jagger Dog Training and Behavior 29 08-25-2016 10:52 AM
At the end of my rope with neighbors Gretchenpc General Dog Discussion 16 06-20-2016 11:00 AM
Notes on the Domestication of Dogs GitaBooks Dog Training and Behavior 26 12-14-2015 06:28 PM


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:50 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.