How smart is your dog? We can’t deny it. We all love our dogs. We all love to admire them.
We even treat them like our own children – our furry babies. While we can brag about our children’s intelligence through academic achievements, it is quite a challenge to prove that our beloved dogs are equally bright.
It is known that some breeds are more intelligent than others. Stereotyping of breeds has also evolved, but there are still exceptions within each breed.
It is possible for a presumably apple-headed Chihuahua to do great in doggie intelligence tests, while a supposedly clever German Shepherd will fail to recognize the commands “sit” and “stay.”
Dog behavior is one of the key factors to determine the intelligence of dogs. But it is not specific to some breeds alone; training holds the key. For example, a persistent human with low IQ can perform complex jobs under hard conditions.
It is a complicated matter as the way dogs display their intelligence may or may not be boosted with the help of their incredible senses.
So how can you measure your dog’s mental abilities? This test combines observation of the subject’s usual behaviors. Some of which may have been influenced by training, way of living, and upbringing in an attempt to measure the dog’s ability to think sequentially and to respond to commands.