If mathematical problems aren’t your forte, you can always ask Beau, a 12-year-old Labrador Retriever, for a solution. He can do simple math equations and answers questions with the number of required barks.
His owner, retired AT&T executive, Dave Madsen, tries to keep the answers at 10 or below to avoid a lot of barking. Beau has been counting, subtracting, dividing, multiplying and even memorizing some square roots since he was a puppy! The super smart black lab is somewhat of a local celebrity and visits shops, restaurants and cabins in the Flathead Lake resort in Montana where the Madsen family vacations.
Beau is not prompted for the answers to math questions in any way and Madsen is open to having others quiz the dog in his absence. The dog is right about 85% of the time. Each correct answer is promptly rewarded with a doggy treat. His counting career began with dog biscuits; Madsen would reward Beau with a biscuit each time the number of his barks coincided with the number of biscuits. The dog soon caught on to the idea that the treats were associated with the number of correct barks.
Beau auditioned for the “Stupid Pet Tricks” segment on the CBS Late Show with David Letterman and although he did not win, a local station showed clips of his performance and he soon became the talk of the town.
Beau is the real thing and even though he might not end up as a contender for a prize in mathematics, among canines he is a math whiz!
Arf, arf + one = arf, arf, arf.