I’m a canine expert, trainer and sister/teacher to Chaser the Border Collie, known internationally as “the smartest dog in the world,” and author of For the Love of Dog, the Ultimate Relationship Guide. AMA.
I’m Pilley Bianchi, a canine expert and trainer, sister/teacher to Chaser the Border Collie, known internationally as “the smartest dog in the world” and author of the new book For the Love of Dog.I am the youngest daughter of Dr. John W. Pilley, Jr. the owner/teacher of Chaser the Border Collie, known internationally as “the smartest dog in the world.”
Chaser has the largest formal language learning of any animal in the world. I have been involved in my father’s work with Chaser as a producer, co-trainer, writer, and media consultant, and have collaborated on television, radio and print interviews on programs such as 60 Minutes, The Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, CBS Sunday Morning, Nat Geo Wild, and Discovery.I partnered behind the scenes with my father and his co-writer Hilary Hinzmann on their New York Times bestselling book Chaser, Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows 1000 Words (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
My new book For the Love of Dog: The Ultimate Relationship Guide with illustrator Calum Heath was just published by Princeton Architectural Press on Aug 22. It is based on Chaser, but is devoted to offering insight, inspiration and information regarding “everything dog.” It explores not only what we can teach dogs, but more importantly what we have to learn from dogs.I am an active member of International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Contributor to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
Finally, I am the Executive Producer/Founder of The Chaser Initiative, dedicated to educating Children (K-12) about the power of play and power of praise (Pop Pop.) By bringing dogs into the classroom, children are exposed to discovering the legacy of John Pilley and Chaser’s method of learning — play. Through the Chaser Initiative, we aim to nurture partnerships with national and international canine organizations educating their constituents in teaching dogs’ language through play, with a deeper dive into the significance of our unique inter-species relationship.
Ask me anything about:Chaser herself. Was she really a genius dog? Can my dog learn like Chaser? Creating bonds / relationship building / how dogs perceive the world and communicate, and also, my new book. For the Love of Dog, the Ultimate Relationship Guide.
Thank you everyone for participating - this has been so much fun and wonderful to get to know the reddit dog community. Please check out my new book with illustrator Calum Heath, For the Love of Dog https://smarturl.it/9781797223308, and keep in touch via my social media @pilleybianchi, @chaserthebordercollie. I would love to hear from you!