Doggone Smart

Your dog may play dumb, but only because they know it will get them a treat!

A new study finds most dogs can count, can learn up to 150 words, and can intentionally deceive adults to get treats. Experts at the University of British Columbia say a dog's mental ability is roughly the same as that of a two-and-a-half year-old.

Border Collies are the smartest dogs, followed by Poodles, German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers. And get this, super dogs, those in the top 20 percent, can learn up to 250 words.

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  • by Rose Location: NC on Aug 10, 2009 at 02:00 PM
    Wolfgang and Obama Snake Oil Co. are right, I do not understand how some people treat there dogs as anything less then family. I also have 4 little dogs they are my heart and soul this quote comes to mind." A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself." ~Josh Billings
  • by Erin Location: Chocowinity,NC on Aug 10, 2009 at 01:23 PM
    Pope John Paul II: 'Animals Possess A Soul' Pope John Paul II declared in a public audience in 1990 that "also the animals possess a soul and men must love and feel solidarity with our smaller brethren". He said, too, that they are the "fruit of the creative action of the Holy Spirit and merit respect," and are as near to God as men are." The Pope went on to say that, "animals have the breath of life and were given it by God. In this respect, man created by the hand of God is identical with all living creatures. ... The existence therefore of all living creatures depends on the living spirit/breath of God that not only creates but also sustains and renews the face of the earth."
  • by Dave Location: LaGrange on Aug 10, 2009 at 11:25 AM
    I have 3 pit bulls that show thier smarts every chance they get. One will both open the door when I tell them it's time to go out as well as ring the bell to come back in. All of them have great memory, but the best I've seen out of them is my oldest who will distract the other two with toys to get who or what he wants all to himself.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Aug 10, 2009 at 08:59 AM
    Maybe the folks should have elected a dog for president at least they don't have to use a teleprompter.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 10, 2009 at 08:36 AM
    Smart dogs are a testiment to the input by the owners. The old comment, garbage in, garbage out?, does come to mind. Wolfgang, I have a golden retrieve that is 8 now. She is one of the smartest goldens I have ever had. Her memory stands out best. I went out of town for a week. While she had dropped her tennis ball out of my truck into the yard, she knew that it rolled under my car. When I picked her up and went home, her first offical act...retrieve the ball. She jumped out of the truck and went under the car. I had forgotten where it went and couldn't see it. She came up with it, then, I knew what the heck she was doing. This is not the first time. She is family.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Aug 10, 2009 at 07:56 AM
    My wife & I have 4 little dogs, and they are to smart. Spoiled little brats, but they are ours, and we love them and they love us. My dog Dixie just corrected me. She says "We are not dogs dad we are family". You know she is right we are all family.
  • by WITN Location: on Aug 10, 2009 at 07:16 AM
    Thanks for the catch. It's never too late to teach an old dog new tricks. You're is now Your.
  • by Grammar Cop Location: Washington on Aug 10, 2009 at 04:39 AM
    I bet a dog doesn't know the difference between "You're" (meaning you are) and "Your" (meaning belongs to you). Many humans don't either. See Common Errors in English Usage

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