How Intelligent are Dogs?

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How Intelligent are Dogs? – Discovering How Smart Dogs Really Are

How intelligent are dogs is a question you might have often asked yourself. We can use various components to determine dog’s intelligence, including the ability of a dog to learn, think, and solve problems.

Dog trainers, owners, and researchers have as much difficulty agreeing on a method for testing how intelligent are dogs as they do for human intelligence. One specific difficulty is confusing a breed’s genetic characteristics and a dog’s obedience training with intelligence.

It is important to keep in mind that while there is a correlation between dog intelligence and trainability, such is not always the case. For example, Border Collies, a breed that is often thought of as the most intelligent dog, can be very difficult to train and quite rambunctious. For example, according to Happy Healthy Puppy Border Collies can easily pick up on small nuances in voice and hand training that throw them off.

Find out more about dog intelligence with the dog intelligence test.

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  1. Frankie Furter and Ernie on

    I (Frankie Furter) hate to admit this butt ERNIE is really Smart. He is the bestest Problem Solver in the house. I think it is a combination of… learning the lessons I taught him, and the ones Mom and Dad taught to him… PLUS all the TV that he watches. He loves Animal Planet .

    BUTT….. he will NEVER be MAYOR of BLOGVILLE.

  2. Two French Bulldogs on

    Since mom has to spell, bath, car, eat, out, cookie, cheese, vacation, work, ride, walk, rain, etc etc. She thinks we are VERY intelligent.
    Snuggles,
    Benny & Lily

  3. Hunter Hutchinson on

    My Yorkie is very smart. He knows that I understand his body language, and he knows how to communicate his wants to me. He has a specific routine for every want. He knows how to get my attention, he knows that I know what he wants, and he knows what I want. I’ll tell him “go get mommy” and he will paw at my wife until she come to me. He figured out how to move a small, light weight plastic chair up against the kitchen table, jump on the chair, jump on the table and snarf down my breakfast. He figure that out on his own.
    A Yorkie is a very smart dog. Too smart some time.

  4. I (Jingles) like to admit this because me and my friend Border Collie, Woody, are as smart as each other but in my opinion, I think I’m smarter than Woody because I can add 2 + 2 and Woody can’t. We both like to watch TV to increase our intelligence. Shows like “Orbit: Earth’s Extraordinary Journey”, ”Celtic True Food”, ”Bear Grylls: Born Survivor” and ”The Power To Change Today”. So that is why were both as smart as each other.

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