Today, I the dog mom get to take over the blog and talk about the dogs in our lives.
Are you certain you have the upper hand when it comes to training your dog? Do you let them “get away with” a partial sit, stay and then give them a treat anyway? Do you sometimes feel your dog has just outsmarted you?
I was recently chosen as an ambassador for Pet360, which means I can share fun articles with you guys. “How your dog deceives you”, talks about all the ways a dog may seem smarter than you think. But in reality, the dog is just taking cues from you on how to behave, or what to do get a treat. Raising an Australian Shepherd, Torrey is a mini, but the smarts are the same, has taught me that you have to be smarter than the dog, or you’re in big trouble.
Torrey is my second Aussie and believe me, they know exactly what you’re saying. Just whisper the word “walk” and she is right there. “Go” is another word she understands perfectly. She knows if I unhook her leash while walking, go means run free, or if we are in the house go means we are actually going somewhere.
The article talks about the fact that we give dogs more credit than they deserve in the cunning department, and I think this is very true. I made the mistake early on, of calling Torrey several times before she actually would come to me. She of course thought this was just fine, because it was the way I allowed her to be. I think she is pushing the boundaries. I have since had to retrain her, and myself, to call her once, and she is expected to come immediately. Does this always work…hell no, but she is much much better at recall the first time.
The article also mentions that dogs have the mental capacity of a two year old. Yep, I agree with that one for sure! Life for Torrey is all about play, walks, treats and dinner. And not in any particular order. She is smart enough to know where the treats are kept, and what she has to do get one. If I get the brush out, she sits nicely while I brush her because she knows she will get a treat. If I have the toothbrush, she lays down and waits for me to brush her teeth. Why…treat of course.
Most dogs are highly intelligent, and that is what makes them such great companions. And just like a two year old kid, they will behave the way you teach them, and allow them to behave. They have an understanding of about 150 words, and I am positive can tell time. My dogs know when it’s dinner time, how about yours?
What do you think of the article, agree, disagree? Does your dog get one over on you sometimes?
Disclosure: I am blogging on behalf of the BlogPaws Pet Bloggers Network and Pet360. I was chosen as a Pet360 Ambassador Blogger and in exchange for this post I have a chance to win a gift card to Pet360.