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Arden Moore
America's Pet Edu-Tainer
Pet expert and best-selling author

Find Out How Chaser Became the World’s Smartest Dog

John Pilley and Chaser on Pet Life Radio....... Hilary Hinzmann on Pet Life Radio

John Pilley & Chaser...................Hilary Hinzmann.............


Meet Chaser, a genuine four-legged Einstein and her pet parent, Professor John Pilley on this special episode of the Oh Behave show on Pet Life Radio. Are you sitting down? Chaser knows more than 1,000 words, can distinguish between nouns and verbs and has been featured on NBC’s The Today Show and ABC’s World News Tonight for her canine cleverness. And, now, she provides woofs on cue during the show’s interview with Professor Pilley and Hilary Hinzmann, co-authors of a must-read book aptly called, Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words. Tune in as Professor Pilley shares how to tap into your dog’s smartness. Two lucky listeners who email Arden ( will get their paws on autographed copies of Chaser’s book. So, what are you waiting for? Call over your dog and take a listen. Paw power is at its finest in this special episode that also airs on iHeartRadio!

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JOHN W. PILLEY is an emeritus professor of psychology at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He has been working with Chaser since 2004 and has published the findings from their work in the Journal Behavioural Processes.  (THE RESEARCH page.)

Pilley has always been a lover of dogs and animals.  His work with Chaser was preceded with his first collie named Fluffy in the 60's, through a gregarious Shepard mutt named Bimbo & a gentle German Shepard giant named Grindle to his first venture into the realm of border collies in 1978 with his beloved family dog Yasha. 

All of the dogs were quite well behaved and trained however, it was Yasha who would attend class every day with Pilley. And while Yasha's trainings were not scientific, he would assist Pilley in teaching classes with his varied performances which included math (ala Clever Hans), closing doors, retrieving chalk board erasers and various objects left behind in the office.  (as well as a command to "nip" any student that appeared to be falling asleep in class.) Yasha was awarded his own student ID and given passage to area's on campus that other canines were restricted from. 

The bond between Pilley & Yasha set the stage for his work and incredibly close relationship with Chaser, which came several years after Pilley's retirement. It has only been during these years that Pilley has slowed down enough to be able to log in significant hours to work with Chaser.  His time was previously devoted to his family, students and personal passions of whitewater kayaking and windsurfing.

While Chaser is a research animal, she is first and foremost a member of the Pilley family.  Her love of play and her instinct for herding has provided a unique hotbed of learning that has proved to be groundbreaking and inspiring.  

To learn more about this remarkable canine/human bond, please pre-order the heartwarming new book "CHASER, Unlocking The Genius Behind The Dog Who Knows A Thousand Words" Release is 10.29.13.  Available at B&N, Amazon, Books-a-Million.

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