The intelligence of the dog is among the highest of all the
animals, maybe higher than we give him credit for. Although his brain is proportionately only half as large as
ours, he is certainly the most intelligent of domestic animals.
As with humans, individual intelligence varies greatly
according to inherited genes. While no one breed can be said to be more intelligent that another, some breeds that
have been selectively bred for work ability are often brighter and more receptive than those bred primarily for
purely physical attributes.
Whether a dog is a mixed breed
for purebred, studies have shown that neither is much more intelligent than the other. However, dogs that have been
exposed to a more varied lifestyle, both indoors and out, and with both human and animal interaction, does show
more intelligent behaviour.
Simply put, giving your dog an opportunity to investigate and
manipulate all sorts of objects, to explore all sorts of places, to share all sorts of experiences with you will
stimulate his or her intelligence. Aside from getting a lot more out of life, your dog will be eager to learn more
and he will learn with increasing ease and rapidity. Nothing is sadder and more wasteful than an intelligent dog
that is confined in a kennel and deprived of mental stimulation.
Despite opinions to the contrary, dogs are endowed with an
elementary reasoning power. Anyone who has ever owned a dog has often seen him size up a situation and then taken
some logical action. Guide dogs for the blind, as well as working and hunting dogs of many breeds constantly have
to use their judgment and make decisions.
Memory is an important component of intelligence. The dog's
memory for scents is extraordinary. His visual memory is only fair, but his memory for sounds is very good, since
he can remember and identify familiar voices even after an absence of many years. While he builds up a large store
of identifiable sounds without the slightest effort, remembering different words requires more
The dog's capacity for learning is more a matter of memory
than of true understanding. He will remember the sequence of cause and effect in his actions, but he is unable to
draw broad conclusions from his experience. The greater the variety of experiences and contact with others they
have, the quicker they learn, and the more they retain.
Dogs are bound by nature to remain intellectually inferior to
man, but we owe them a chance to develop their native intelligence by training, teaching, and working with them as
much and as often as we can.
Many behaviourists & dog trainers believe that at least
20% of all behaviour problems are related to the dog’s health in some way or another. For all that you might know.
Your dog could be misbehaving because he is sick or in pain. Bring him to the vet for a thorough check-up if he
misbehaves suddenly when he has always been a good dog.
Dogs display TONS of behavioural problems when they lack
a leader. Aggressive & destructive behaviours, leg lifting, marking, mounting, barking & etc… It’s very
important that you assume the role of the alpha leader!
You must understand that all dogs develop behaviour problems.
These dog behaviour problems never develop in a vacuum. They are always the outcome of the interaction between a
dog and its environment, including you! Most canine behavioural problems can be controlled if not solved
completely. You just got to put in some effort and understand that prevention is better than cure.