Are you smarter than your dog? — 28 Comments

  1. My mama found this out too Roxy and Torrey! Then my trainers told her the same thing, not to let me get away with it or else I am in charge! BOL! We know better but I do comply because I like being a good girl and getting hugs from Mama and the The Kitty crew! So happy you are Pet 360 Ambassador! We lov them and Blog Paws so much! Remember, no half sits! Mwah!

  2. I agree! Teaching proper leash walking is where I fall short. I’ve settled for mediocre behavior because I just wanted to walk and not mess with the constant corrections and doling out of treats. Also, Pierson has used a doggy version of a successful 2-year-old technique – Barking (crying) in order to get what he wants. When Pierson barks outside, I immediately call him back in so his barking won’t bother the neighbors. As a result, he’s learned that whenever he wants to be inside all he has to do is bark. Let’s just hope Pierson doesn’t learn how to throw temper tantrums in order to get what he wants.
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  3. Since I do competitive agility with Jimmy, I am very aware of not rewarding for sloppy behavior! The timing of the reward is very important so that he knows what exactly earned him the treat. Too much bad timing on the treat delivery and you soon have an unwanted behavior like knocking down a jump bar or blowing a contact.
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    • I wish I could say Torrey comes every single time I call her, on the first try. She is getting much much better, but if she is distracted by smells, critters, people…you name it. It can take a couple three times to get her to me. Oddly enough..and maybe this is just my perception, adding the word NOW!! has an impact and she comes running. It’s that two year old thing again.
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  4. Mom Kim here – Shiloh iz the one that keeps proving to me just how adept he is at counter-surfing. They are so food/treat motivated and over the years they must have learned that I can be just as strong-willed and determined as they can because when it comes to obedience commands or when I ask them for a trick, most of that is almost automatic for the Beaglebratz. But Shiloh and his counter-surfing – even when I am sure that he can’t get to whatever it is I have left on the counter or table is out of his reach, he proves me wrong. So now, most of the time, ANY food goes in the fridge or cupboard – I’m waiting for him to learn how to open them.
    By the way, the Beaglebratz (or me) FINALLY put up a post today thanking you for the Frosty Paws gift pack. It is wonderful – I have never seen an insulated back pack before.
    Mom Kim
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  5. I definitely agree with the “as smart as a 2 year old” thing in general. Of course, some dogs are smarter than others. Our beagle was n excellent communicator! She had no trouble getting her point across in most situations. She was stubborn, but super smart. Rita is the first dog I’ve had that actually seems to want to please me. I don’t think she’s as smart as Bailey was, but she’s sweet – which goes a long way. (That Torrey – she’s got brains and beauty! She’s the full package!)
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  6. Well, depends on the individual dog and the individual person, doesn’t it? Jasmine was really the only dog that was ever hard to outsmart. She was way too clever. And what dogs definitely have over us is patience. So outsmarting humans takes smarts AND patience.

    Example? At one point we didn’t want Jasmine munch on horse poop. And she didn’t. When we were watching. But sooner or later, everybody got distracted … guess what happened? She knew exactly whether we were paying attention or not.

    The question is this: are dogs really smarter, or just better learners/observers? Because we, humans, really suck at those two disciplines.
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  7. Mollie being a Collie is super smart. You do something once and she remembers. Training she is good at but gets over excited. We teach dogs things without realizing . Mollie copies. We try to shoo a fly out and now she has seen us do it, every time a fly comes in, without us even moving, she thinks it’s her job to get it out. LOL xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  8. No doubt – my dogs have trained me in many ways, and they’ve learned very subtle cues that I didn’t mean to teach them. For example, in the late afternoon, they both expect to go on a hike if I touch my camera bag. Camera bag means hike to them!!! Then there’s Shyla who requires me to say “sit” twice every time before she sits. Yup, we’re working on retraining that one.

    Great post!
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