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Chaser, Credited With Being The World's Smartest Dog, Dies


Good morning. I'm Rachel Martin. He was thought to be the world's smartest dog. Chaser the border collie was trained by his owner, Dr. John Pilley, to understand more than a thousand nouns and basic sentence structure. Pilley taught Chaser for up to five hours a day using stuffed animals, balls and Frisbees. Pilley died last year at the age of 89. According to The New York Times, his canine companion died last week. A portion of a street in Spartanburg, S.C., will be named Chaser the Border Collie Boulevard.

[POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: In this report, we incorrectly refer to Chaser the border collie with male pronouns. The dog was female.] Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.