Writer/Trainer/Producer - Chaser the Border Collie
Pilley Bianchi is the daughter of world renowned animal behaviorist John W. Pilley, whose groundbreaking research with his Border Collie Chaser (chaserthebordercollie.com) changed the world’s view on canine intelligence with her unprecedented language learning of over 1000 objects. With her combinatorial understanding of 4 elements of grammar, Chaser has the largest language learning of any animal in the world. John Pilley cracked the code on teaching dogs human language.
Bianchi has been heavily involved behind the scenes as a co-trainer, writer, and media consultant since her father’s research went globally viral in early 2011. Within 48 hours, Chaser became the top story in over 72 countries and called by Brian Hare (coauthor of THE GENIUS OF DOGS) the “most scientifically important dog in over a century.”
Pilley has collaborated in interviews and film shoots with TIME, People, Scientific American, The New York Times, Bark, Modern Dog, The Huffington Post, Wired, Paris Match, USA Today, The Daily Mail, 60 Minutes USA, 60 Minutes Australia, TODAY, ABC World News Tonight, CBS Sunday Morning, Nat Geo WILD, Discovery, The BBC, NOVA ScienceNOW, Hills Science Diet, Fox & Friends, The American Psychological Association (APA), Betty White's Smartest Animals in America among others.
Their book “Chaser, Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows 1000 Words” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is a New York Times best seller and licensed worldwide in 5 languages. Bianchi is currently co-writing their new training book.
With an extensive career in the music industry, she never imagined she would be utilizing her skills to manage an old man and his dog. She has a close personal relationship with Chaser and continues to be consistently manipulated and outsmarted by her younger canine sister.
She finally understood her place in the family hierarchy when her father recently called her “Chaser” on the phone. Woof.
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