How smart is your dog? Here’s how to tell
Does your dog initiate a game of tug-of-war just when you’ve sat down in front of the TV for some ‘me’ time? Is your dog an escape artist? Can he find the treat bag, no matter where it’s hidden? Don’t be mad – be proud of his high intelligence!
He can remember a command from a year ago
How smart are dogs? Well most pups can be taught to obey some commands, but a really smart dog will remember those commands over time, even if they haven’t been used in a while, says professional dog trainer and behaviour expert Robert Cabral. “For instance, if I taught a dog to walk backward on command and haven’t done it with him in a year, if he’s smart, he will still remember how to do it when asked,” he says.
She can solve a treat puzzle
Smart dogs are innately great problem solvers, Cabral says. So to test your pup’s problem-solving abilities, get her a food puzzle (a toy that has to be manipulated in a certain way to get to a treat). If she can solve it without your help, she’s smart, Cabral says. Want a cheaper option? Make your own food puzzle using a treat in a box, or hide a treat somewhere around the house.