What do you think? Are dogs intelligent? Well, I suppose that’s a matter of opinion. I happen to think they are. Well, in their own way anyway. According to scientists, dogs can remember up to 300 words and comands! That’s a lot if you think about it. A lot of people treat their dogs like children instead of pets. I think there is a reason for that. They tend to act a lot like a 2 or 3 year old. Of course intelligence is also determined by personality, and the dogs willingness to learn. Dogs are man’s best friend, and intelligence is one reason for that. They are the only species on earth that we people can really relate to. They can be trained to obey very helpful comands. Some guide blind people through busy intersections. Others help handicapped people with daily chores. There are those dogs that spend all day rescuing people. They risk there lives to save ours. There is no greater love, except for the love of Jesus. As a matter of fact I happen to believe that a well trained dog is the perfect christian! Loyal, faithful, unconditional love, obedience, the list goes on. They live in social packs in the wild, and there is a dominant male and female. Just like in our society. They mark their territory and defend it, as we do. We just do it differently! Yes, I have to say that dogs are truely intelligent. They comfort us in our times of saddness, they are there to make us laugh, and they will always love us no matter what. Intelligence is a debateable topic, especially when it comes to animals. But I don’t see how anyone could truely believe dogs are not intelligent in their own way. Try this… take a peice of food, or a special treat and put it under an overturned cup or glass while your dog is watching. See how long it takes for your dog to get the treat from under cup. This way you can measure your dogs intelligence. Obviously, the faster your dog gets the treat, the smarter he or she is. Most dogs can do it in under 1 miniute!
I am a canine behaviorist of 27 years and offer canine rehabilitation, training, and behavior change to clients under the given name "The Canine Guru." I am known mostly for my online presence through my blogs, Doggy Times and Doggy Times II. Both were honored by MSN Editors multiple times. My methodology focuses on energy and how to use and read it. I firmly believe in operant conditioning and positive reinforcement. I don't feel that choke, pinch, or electric collars are necessary when working with dogs. The harshest method I ever use is the squirt bottle and the occasional touch, or poke. I'm known for "speaking" to dogs in their own language using body language, energy, touch, and the occasional sound.