Everyone who loves their dog
would say “he’s the world’s smartest dog” or on the contrary, “he’s the dumbest
dog in the world but we love him anyway…”
There’s truth in both viewpoints! You might say that some breeds are smarter
than others but experienced dog breeders would point out that it all depends on what that
purebred dog was bred for? Some people don’t even own a dog so there’s no way
for them to know if the dog is really smart or just bred to do what the dog does
Have you ever seen a dog “reason” or work out a solution to a problem? I once
had a dog that loved to soak in the muck of the creek to cool down. One year a
big tree branch had fallen over her favorite spot and blocked it. She sat there
a moment looking at the problem and then proceeded in grabbing the branches and
pulling backwards till she cleared the narrow path and her “soak spot.”
Then she contentedly plopped herself down in the creek mud. She was happy, me
not so much. I now had a long-coated drippy mud-covered dog that wanted back on
the porch when she was through with her soak. It was also a good way to tell me
without words that it’s time for a shave. Duh!
Our dogs are born smart enough to manipulate us “higher beings”. They can twist
us around their wagging tail! They can talk us out of the last bite of food on
our plate, they can stare at us and then at the door telling us “Hey, I gotta go
out” without saying a word.
They can give us a look of adoration or sadness because we are leaving them for
the day to go to work. I had a Chihuahua, I swear her eyes would tear up and
she’d turn her head away when I would speak to her to tell her “bye”. It was
like I was breaking her heart.
Dogs can also give a look of gilt when they know they’ve done something wrong.
Just look at the eyes of this German Shorthair Pointer with what looks like
just-a-wing! I’m pretty sure they are supposed to point, go get it and give the
whole bird back. And oh boy, what about if they had an accident in the floor?
We’ve all seen the videos of ripped and shredded toilet paper and the look the
dogs give when they are caught.
But what about the dogs that lift a paw to point to another dog as if to say he
did it? Is it coincidence or are they really being a tattletale?
Do we put our own human thoughts and feelings on our dogs, see something that’s
not there? Or do they give us real expressions and tell us their thoughts? Are
they that smart and mostly we are too stupid to understand?
Dogs are the only animal I know that could be beaten every day and still lick
the hand of its abuser. They are full of forgiveness, happiness and yes, they
are shameless as well. The purebred dog is born with the knowledge of all his
ancestors before him on how to herd, point, hunt, birth and raise their young
and so much more.
We mere humans need to be taught everything! I’m not sure we have many animal
instincts left at all… Could we learn from our dogs? Do you have a smart dog that has done something human-like (an oxymoron)?
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