Many dog owners think their pet is the best around and treat them as a member of the family. This often involves finding the best premium dog food online to make sure they are eating the right stuff and taking them for hour-long walks to ensure they are getting enough exercise.

However, some people are going to further lengths to see what is appropriate for their furry friends. A new craze is seeing dog owners actually testing the IQ of man's best friend to see how smart, or not, their pet is.

The Dognition site, based in North Carolina, America, uses a range of questionnaires and games to help dog owners determine how clever their dog is. This often involves problem solving tests and finding out whether your pet is simply ignoring you or doesn't understand you, reports the Daily Mail.

Owners are given a number of science-based games, designed to test how empathetic, cunning, trustworthy and loyal your dog is. There will also be memory tests to see how pets react to their past experiences and reasoning tests will determine how good a dog is at finding a solution to a problem.

As a result of the tests, the pets are then assigned a personality type and character traits which can be compared to other dogs which match their breed, age or size. The report will then determine whether or not the traits are specific to the breed or down to the dog's individuality.

The pets are then split into one of nine personality types, including Einstein, Expert, Socialite, Stargazer, Charmer, Renaissance, Protodog, Maverick and Ace. Renaissance dogs are 'good at a little bit of everything', whereas Socialite animals are outgoing but easily excitable.

It is hoped that this could help people learn more about their furry family members and figure out what they are thinking about what they want. The Dognition team think that this could help people to better train their dogs.

By determining what personality trait your dog is, it should enable you to find the best techniques to train your dog, which will work best with how your individual pet thinks.

Written by: Hannah