Most of us think are dogs are pretty bright but which breed really is the cleverest? Number one is said to be the Border Collie, with Poodles coming in second place and those super brainy German Shepherds getting the third rosette.
If you’d like to find out just how bright your dog is, here are some quick tests to help you to do just that:
The Hide a Treat Test Let your dog see you hide a treat, don’t let him get to it though. Now take him outisde and go for a short walk of just have a play in the garden or another room.
When you bring him back in, tell him to find the treat. If he couldn’t care less – 1 point. If he’s a bit interested but can’t find the treat – 2 points. Hunts round and finds the treat in approx. 1 minute – 3 points. An intense sniffing session and he finds it in 15 seconds – 4 points. Instant search and find – 5 points.
The Smiler Test - Keep looking at your dog and give him a big smile. So what – he couldn’t care less. 1 point. If he stares back and goes to sit in his basket. 2 points. Looks pleased and wags his tail but doesn’t come towards you. 3 points. If he saunters across to you – 4 points. I love that smile! – He comes straight to you looking super pleased – 5 points.
The Obstacle Test – Put some small twigs across the path where you normally walk your dog. If he won’t go near them – 1 point. If he flies past them and knocks them all flying – 2 points. If he jumps across most of them – 3 points. He’s trying to clear them but misses a few – 4 points. Clear round – he hasn’t touched them – 5 points. Well done.
A high score and you have a super brainy pooch. Fewer points? You still love him don’t you?
More dog intelligence tests coming soon…..