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Meet Jordan, the literate dog.
Instead of training Jordan to respond to vocal commands, his owner taught him to read. Unless this video is a needlessly elaborate hoax, it proves that Jordan can read the words “sit” and “down” and follow those instructions accordingly.
At first we thought, “Hey, isn’t this dog just recognizing the different shapes of each word?” But let’s be honest: that’s basically the definition of reading. So yes, this dog can read, even if it’s only two simple words.
Screengrab via KoynKrash/YouTube
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor