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Doggone it: Dognition Helps You Bond With Your Furry Faced Friend

If you’re like a lot of us here at Brit + Co., you’re a proud doggy mama or papa. And that means you totally get why we call those little rascals “(wo)man’s best friend.” Even your human BFF (who you’ve known since grade school and traveled around the world with) is not someone you’d let jump on you, lick your face, and wake you up by pouncing on your boobs.


Brian Hare is the founder and a crazy accomplished evolutionary anthropologist. He runs the Canine Cognition Center at Duke University and literally wrote the book on The Genius of Dogs. And that’s exactly what the small North-Carolina-based company aims to do, help you find the genius in your dog.

Through a questionnaire (completed by you, not Fido) accompanied by ten games (completed by Fido, not you), Dognition tests five personality traits: communication, cunning, empathy, memory, and reasoning. Rufus is then assigned a personality type. From there you can see how he compares with other dogs of the same breed, size, and age, as well as a comparison with other breeds.

Why is this attractive to you? Because. It helps you discover your dog’s preferred mode of communication and what motivates him or her. Like, is he doing tricks just for fun or because he wants that homemade treat or Beggin’ Strip really, really bad? It also helps you decipher if your lovable little ankle biter doesn’t sit because he truly doesn’t understand what you’re saying or because he just doesn’t really give two hoots what you tell him to do.

This sort of relationship therapy is undoubtedly going to cost you. (We mean, you just found out that your supposed best friend is actually a stranger.). It’s $29 for the initial meet and greet. If you want to do more bonding (which we think you should), you can pay $89 for an entire year of monthly games and tips and tricks tailored to your pups personality, whether she be a Stargazer, a Socialite, or an Einstein. (All of our dogs undoubtedly fall into that last category.) Oh, and props to Turkey Temple for being the newest dog of Brit + Co. and seriously rocking those shades!

Want to get to know your best friend better? Let us know in the comments below!

Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*