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Old 01-25-2009, 10:41 PM   #1
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Default Smart dog or dumb dog?

For those with more than one dog, is one noticeabley smarter than the other? If so how can you tell?
I wondered this yesterday as I picked my two up from my friends house after my night shift. Their pet hate (LOL pun intended) is rain and it happened to be pouring down. As soon as I left I realiesed the dogs were pulling in oppisite directions. Adam realiesing he only had to walk about 5mins round the corner and he would be home and dry was pulling to hurry me up, Hannah however only knew she was dry now she was wet!! She was dragging herself along miserable in the rain, only hurrying when she got close to the front door and realiesed she would be dry. She's not the brightest spark,taking ages to get the hang of house training and being pretty useless at all other forms of training. She makes up for it by wanting cuddles and kisses from every person, dog or cat she see's tho, bless her!!

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My daughter kept a puppy from our first litter. Bronco was raised exactly like the other puppies, but he sure wasn't the brightest bulb in the lamp.

When we took him and his brother and sister for snake avoidance training, he turned out to be one of those rare dogs that couldn't be snake broke. Instead of instantly moving out of range of the snake like every other dog did; he seemed to think that if he just didn't look at the snake, it couldn't hurt him. Every time he walked by the snake he simply turned his eyes away from it and kept right on going. If the snake hadn't been defanged he'd have been bitten several times!

She loved him to pieces though and so did we! Luckily he never came across a snake, (unlike some of our other dogs who were sucessfully snake broke) and lived a long and healthy life.
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Molly is very, very intelligent. You wouldn't think it to look at her, given her blindness and weird eyes and droopy expression but she can communicate with us more than any other dog I've ever had.

She can literally tell us exactly what she wants/needs. She has very distinctive body language and it's quite different from other dogs. I've always put it down to her disability meaning she probably didn't learn the usual dog body language.

Simba is intelligent, but dumb at the same time. She uses her brains to become phobic of things. She over analyses her environment, like shiny floors. If she's distracted she can walk on the shiny floor no problem, but if she notices it she turns into Bambi on the ice...and finds and edge where she collapses in a heap and shakes. Silly dog!
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Old 01-26-2009, 08:42 AM   #4
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Simba sounds like Jasper very sharp learns quickly but too inteligent for his own good as worries about everything and even a twig caught on his fur will send him in to a heap of mulch but hes a sweetheart that everyone loves

Molly very streetwise could survive in the wild that one and think Mabel is following in her mothers shoes and Ella is the stead fast sensible mother sees danger doesnt approach but responds with confidence to it

They all go wimpy over the rain though hate it lol

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Oh dear, lol.

Mine don't have a problem with the rain at all really, once they're outside on a walk they pay no attention to it at all. They don't like to go out in the garden in the rain though.

The staffy I look after hates the rain so much she will find a bush and hide under it, she's too big to carry so it's quite a problem if you need to get her home!
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Breagha is the smart one in my household. Todd is like a ditzy blonde (I mean that in the most affectionate way). She uses her head, thinks about things before she does them, and if she thinks there's a risk, she won't do it.

Todd just charges into any situation without thinking of the consequences, I think thats why he's so accident prone!
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Both of mine are very smart, but in different ways. Chewie is very smart in knowing how to fit into the household so that he always has free reign all through the house and yard at all times. Tosh on the other hand is very smart into finding ways to get into trouble when no one is around to catch her doing it and only when she knows she won't get caught. It's actually very scary the way she had to work out how to get into the maximum amount of trouble, took a lot of thought process.
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Its funny how intelligence doesnt have as much effect on training as you would think isnt it? They can sometimes be too smart for their own good! Hannah is probably better with basic commands coz she's happy with treat and praise but Adam will weigh up the pro's ad con's and decide if he really wants to do something. Going thro a teenage phase at present.
He embarressed me again in the park by running thro the open door of the creche to play with the toddlers!Luckily the staff find a friendly little chi doing that funny, thank god he's not a Rott!!

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