|IPLS is a 'green', concrete building located on more than 200 acres.|
At IPLS they have six Bonobos (part of the Great Apes species, most closely related to Chimpanzees) that are housed in a state-of-the-art facility that has many indoor spaces and two outdoor spaces. Their most notable bonobo is Kanzi, who started learning the lexigrams by accompanying another bonobo, Matata, to her training sessions. Kanzi has far surpassed everyone's expectations though and knows more than 300 lexigrams. He is relatively famous, having appeared on Oprah and played piano with Paul McCartney :). Kanzi also knows some sign language and understands more than 3,000 spoken English words. Pretty freaking remarkable! I can't even imagine the process you would have to go through to set-up this training. During our tour, Kanzi demonstrated several words and showed us one of his favorite games. I would definitely recommend signing up for a tour at IPLS if you are in the area.
I don't think teaching lexigrams would work with the dogs since they are two-dimensional on a computer screen, but I would equate this same level of learning to teaching service dogs to pick up things by name or teaching your dog names for their toys. We all know they understand concept words as well - go outside, go for walk, car ride, go potty, etc. :) I think our dogs are ahead of the curve!