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many theories about the intelligence of the dog. The majority of dog
owners know that their dogs are very bright: these owners can tell any
number of stories that demonstrate the animal's high intelligence. In
addition to the clever ways in which dogs outwit their owners, canine
intelligence shines when dogs are asked to perform the tasks for which
they were bred. For instance, the Border Collie is exceptionally quick
to learn how to herd a flock of sheep, and only risk appearing stupid
when you ask him to scent out a bird. The bird dog
who finds the bird naturally, without training, is labeled extremely
intelligent. Yet this same genius will look dumb, and probably get
trampled, if allowed to mingle with a flock of sheep.
Motivation is a big part of intelligence. One dog owner scheduled an
appointment to have her dog evaluated after a discussion with her
friend. The dog owner and her friend were convinced that the dog had a
learning disability because the friend's Labrador Retriever could open
doors with his nose and paw, whereas the other dog would just sit in
front of the door and wait for someone to open it. The idea never
occurred to this person that the dog didn't want to go through the door
all that badly or that he was smart enough to wait for her to open it
instead of expending energy.
Another client who owned and trained Border Collies labeled one of her
dogs retarded because the dog did not appear to grasp the concept of
retrieving as quickly as her other Border Collies. Once the training
method was adapted for the dog's particular temperament, which was
different from that of the typical Border Collie, she learned and
enjoyed retrieving. This same dog would display aggression toward other
dogs by growling and curling her lips to show her teeth. The trainers
thought the owner was quite effective and consistent in correcting the
lip curl until one of the trainers observed that when this "retarded"
dog approached another canine, she quietly curled only one side of her
mouth, the side the owner could not see.
Frequently, people believe that females are smarter than males.
However, there is no evidence to date to support the theory of a
significant difference in intelligence between the sexes. Those who
claim there is a difference may be tainted by their prejudice toward or
preference for one sex or the other. Intelligence is more apt to vary
individually rather than by the sex of the animal.
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