Measuring Intelligence in Dogs

Everyone wants to have smart kids, right? And most dog owners would like to have smart dogs. But understand that measuring intelligence in dogs is not a simple task.

Whether a dog is considered to be smart or dumb depends upon certain characteristics of the animal’s behavior. Obviously Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein was intelligent. He had to be or he could not have developed his Theory of Relativity which required mathematical brilliance. Yet he was so bad at simple arithmetic that he could never balance his own checkbook.

Intelligence can be measured in many ways. In human beings, verbal ability, numerical ability, logical reasoning, and memory are considered measurable degrees of intelligence. Intelligence in dogs also can be determined in measurable degrees. Instinctive intelligence refers to what a dog was bred for. For example, herding dogs were bred to herd animals. Their ability to round up sheep or cows, keep them grouped together, and drive them in a specific path is inborn. Human intervention is only required to keep the dogs under control and give them direction.

Different dog breeds have different types of inherent intelligence. Guard dogs are bred to guard people or things; retrievers retrieve; hounds track; pointers sniff out birds and indicate their location by pointing; and companion dogs are attuned to human moods. Every dog has an inbred intelligence of some sort, and to make comparisons of which is the smartest breed is really not possible because each breed has different abilities.

Another measure of intelligence in dogs is called adaptive intelligence. This is an indication of what a dog can learn to do for itself. Adaptive intelligence includes learning from experience with the environment and using that information to solve new problems. This type of intelligence can vary among individual dogs of the same breed. For example, all German Shepherds have the same instinctive intelligence, and most are quite intelligent but occasionally you will find one that seems totally clueless and continues making the same mistakes over and over again. The difference between a “smart” dog and a “dumb” dog of the same breed is the difference in adaptive intelligence.

When humans think of dog intelligence they think of highly trained animals like police dogs, guide dogs for the blind, hearing assistance dogs, or search-and-rescue dogs. A dog that responds properly to its master’s commands leads us to believe that we are viewing the peak of dog intelligence. When a dog responds to a command and appears to understand what a human is communicating, it is simply demonstrating one of the important characteristics of its intelligence. If dogs did not respond to human instructions, they wouldn’t be capable of performing the tasks that we expect of them and they would never have been domesticated. This type of intelligence is referred to as “working and obedience” intelligence. It’s the closest thing to what we as humans consider to be school-learning ability.

The top 10 dogs in terms of “working and obedience” intelligence are, in order: Border Collie, Poodle, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Doberman Pinscher, Shetland Sheepdog, Labrador Retriever, Papillon, Rottweiler, Australian Cattle Dog.

While a smart dog will learn everything that you want it to know, it will also learn everything that it can get away with. This means you may have to spend much more time “civilizing” your clever dog so it will learn and remember the limits of behavior you have set for it.

When it comes to measuring intelligence in dogs, every dog has an instinctive intelligence for which it was bred, and some dogs considered lower in intelligence have other qualities. Every year People magazine has a special issue featuring “The 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.” They have never had an issue featuring “The 50 Most Intelligent People in the World.” If we consider “beautiful” to be one of the most important characteristics of humans, then the same should apply to dogs. And beauty is always in the eye of the beholder – in this case – the one who owns the dog.

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Is Fipronil effective against Silverfish?

Question by darkened_forests: Is Fipronil effective against Silverfish?
I’ve been seeing a few silverfish in my bathroom so I bought Combat Platinum Roach killing gel (supermarket only had that or ant killing gel). Its active ingredient is Fipronil. Will this work against silverfish? If not, what will?

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not sure why the silverfish would want to eat the ant bait, but if they do it it they will die, chances are though they won’t touch it. Dekko makes a silver fish bait and if possible place to Prozap Pest strips up in your attic

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Dog Shows? Tips & Tricks?

Well, today i went to a dog show with my 2 year old Labrador. It was only a local one, and there weren't many dogs there, which obviously, made it easier. I entered 4 classes, and i came 3rd place in one, which was best young handler! I was really pleased with my dog, because i didn't think i'd win anything.

I'd love to go to more dog shows! it's so much fun, whether you win or not! my dog was a bit scared though, because naturally she is quite a shy dog. Also, everytime she saw my mum, who is usually the one who takes her for walks she started tugging, and at times it was quite hard to keep her in control. help?

how can i teach my dog some tricks (she only knows 'sit' at the moment)?

before shows do i need to groom her or anything?


I'm so glad you enjoyed your first attempt at showing because it does sound as if you have the right attitude! You need to enjoy it because there will be some hard knocks and basically you have to remember you always bring 'the best' dog home.

Are you in touch with the person who bred your dog because, provided they are reputable and know what they are doing, this should be the first place to go to ask whether your dog has enough quality, conforms to the Breed Standard enough to make it worth showing him. If there's no breeder to approach, I strongly urge you to go to some local shows without your dog, and sit ringside and watch (this is conformation shows). You will learn more about your own dog by watching others and how they are handled than anything. And your dog needs to be taken to Ringcraft classes. He is a little late to be starting out in serious shows much as the occasional local fun match would be okay. But he needs to learn how to stack (stand in the correct pose for the breed), and to walk up and down nicely, without tugging. And he needs to be confident when the judge approaches and goes over him which has to happen so she can feel his construction, as well as watch him when he moves.

You certainly need to have her clean before going to a show, and her teeth need to be clean also. These are things you'll learn from Ringcraft and going to shows by yourself.

You can find lots about showing from books too.

In America, many owners prefer to use a professional handler, who will do all the grooming and preparation for you – but it will cost, and they won't take a dog who they don't feel is good enough because at the end of the day, apart from their reputation, there's no point asking you for their fee and entry costs if your dog doesn't stand a chance of at least placing in the often high numbers in classes for this breed. And everybody should go out to win, as well as enjoy showing (and so should the dog!!!).

ps. I have always shown my own hounds, both out in Canada, and back in the UK (where there are few professional handlers in any case) because I get a kick out of taking something nice that I've bred into the ring, and winning!

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Savage Mountain Two

On the last day of my holiday, Ginger and I met Marei at the Deal PA Trail head to see the magnificent vista from the highest point on the Great Allegheny Passage – an image forever etched in my mind and a memory with so many, many meanings to me now.  
But the intent I thought was one last grand hike before the start of our non-stop, back-to-back two month tour turned out to be a ruse.  Sort of.  As we were rounding our second mile, it was time to rest and water the fuzzybutts.  The entrance to Savage Tunnel seemed an ideal place for respite but Ginger pointed out a bench under a shade canopy that was closer.  I was some twenty paces ahead of the girls and nearing the spot when I saw some of the engraving… something about dog and a 2 and some zeroes.  
“What the hell?” I was thinking, quickening my pace.  ”This is MY trail.. Who… What…”  And then it came into clear sight.  
…”Who did this?  Did you know about this?”  The two tricksters had caught up with me by that time and were giggling like a coupla school girls.  
My shock and surprise was down right and absolute and I couldn’t help getting choked up from the gesture.  From the depths, thank you Ginger and Marei for immortalizing our journey at such a special place!  
Hudson awaits…

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A Puppy’s Prayer

Now I lay me down to sleep The king-sized bed is soft and deep I sleep right in the center groove My human being can hardly move I’ve trapped her legs, she’s tucked in tight And here is where I pass the night No one disturbs me or dares intrude Til morning comes and I [...] Dog Blog

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Infections in rheumatoid arthritis patients: Mayo Clinic study finds way to

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My Dog Might Be Eating Way Too Much Meat?

My mom sometimes gives my dog a half a bowl of old pork or a full chicken leg. I tell her not to give him it but she says she doesn't want to waste food. So what? Food is more important than our dogs health? She says she does this occasionally but that's like once a week while I train him with treats and give him treats that I specially made for him. my mom asks why don't you give him these homemade treats. I tell her because she gives the dog way too much meat already. But she stil gives him meat. I know that meat is the main part of a dogs diet, but I saw GoneToTheSnowDogs say that she doesn't give her dogs more than 2 big dog treats before a meal because it could spoil their appetite. She's a YouTube that does videos about her dogs and she knows a lot about taking care of dogs. And my dog barely eats his food, I think he even eats more meat than his regular dog food. Sorry that tis is long but I so mad that my family doesn't care about this.

Also, my brothers give my dog meat during dinner while he's whining not knowing that he already had tons of meat.


dogs are pretty dumb and will eat anything you put in front of them, so you are at fault.

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Imagine being in a hospital bed, far away from all the comforts of home, including the warm, furry reassurance of your family cat.

Maga Barzallo Sockemtickem, a 16-year-old cancer patient at the Seattle Children’s Hospital, has spent months in the hospital this year. She was desperately missing her cat Merry when the hospital staff decided to do something about it.

A special team got to work, creating what they dubbed the “Cat Immersion Project.” They asked hospital Facebook fans to post their favorite cat photos. The staff then used the photos – more than 3,000 – in a video they made for Maga.

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Pet of the Week: Madison, 1078387
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Madison is a 6-year-old female cat who is front-declawed. She was adopted and then returned to Lollypop Farm when her owner had to move and could not take her along.

Madison is a bit shy but she does like petting and head scratches. She would probably be happiest as the only cat in the home.

Madison is a calm cat with a cute meow.

She is eligible for our Seniors-for-Seniors program, so adopters age 60 and older can take her home free of charge!

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