2 months ago Hooch ate my indoor dining suite. Today he ate my outdoor dining chair (the top bit of the chair. so its all unravelling now).
My dog is eating my house and I can't seem to find a way to stop him.
His beautiful kennel is eaten up also.
On the IQ test I give him 0 because if he was any clever he would be sucking up to us big time for saving him from death! not making us homeless!
Tried it...None of the newfies moved.......I think that is due to my training and them being newfie LOL.......Tessa was out of there in 1 second
Won't fairly work here...we have done detection work with three out of four and we play the three cup game anyway. So they are Ace at this
I am not moving the furniture, but I bet it won't take my dogs any time to find the couches LOL
Tessa used her feet.....Annabelle her nose and moved the chair. Katy just moved the chair and Luke went "what treat?"
Go for a walk!
LOL...My dogs are very quiet when they think we are going for a walk, until called....They know that if they behave excitedly or move to the door, we do not go. They have to be calm, so they tend to pretend they are not aware
I know the newfs will just charge through,Tessa would go over or around.
Newfies are real problem solvers, that is why they are good at Water Rescue work, where they have to think it out for themselves often.......But they use their bulk to move things, they are not delicate at all. Just watch my newfies at mouse hunting, they are like bulldozers in the barn.
I think Lukey is my simple boy...the girls are very clever, out think us all the time
Tessa is also a thinker, but more delicate....I do a lot of dog puzzles with my dogs and Tessa and Katy are very good........The rescues not as good
Pets are forever
My boyfriend seems to think we have a dogenius on our hands, however something tells me, if he was smart he would have only killed one chook instead of two...so his memory isn't the best.....He goes alright, but I don't think Osky is the sharpest tool in the shed....we aren't talking guide dog potential.
Newf, I am surpirised that you still HAVE a barn.
Old Oz chased a mouse around the lounge once,
he thought the cat needed backup.
Boy, there was some damage after that episode.
Well unfortunately we play a game with Sammy where we turn him into a monster by putting a blanket or towel over him and then tease him while he tries to charge us (it doesn't sound fun when I write it down but trust me it is) so when I do this if he knows I'm near he will leave the towel on and try to attack me, if he doesn't know where I am he shakes it off straight away.
Sammy aced this one and I've never done it before so I was impressed. 2nd time he never looked at the cups, all the focus was on me.
I am not moving the furniture, but I bet it won't take my dogs any time to find the couches LOL (same as me - Sammy's spot is on the couch with us...)
Sammy used his paw, I'm a bit worried about his coordination though, he missed the first time he tried to paw at it...
Go for a walk!
Well Sammy sits when I pick up the lead, because he knows collars and leads are only put onto sitting dogs (and only sitting dogs can go outside). Does it count that I can tell my dog he's 'naked' so can't go for a walk without his lead and collar and he will go and find them for me?
Well I don't think my barrier was high enough because when I threw the toy over and told him to retrieve, he cleared the barrier... But we train retrieval over objects - if I throw it over I am usually asking him to go over too and no reward would be provided for going around the obstacle.
Sammy has a strange kind of intelligence. He doesn't really do a lot of problem solving independently, his strength seems to be in understanding and working with humans. He knows a crazy number of words and learns new ones without you deliberately taking the time to teach them. For example he learned collar, lead, road, back etc all of his own accord just by listening to my conversations with others. Same with people's names - I didn't know he knew my name but my partner asked him the other day, where is Jacqui? And he found me for him. What really impresses me though is his ability to put things in context. Like, if he is on a couch and I say get down, he will get off. If he is on the ground and I say get down he will lay down. If he is laying down and I say up, he will sit up. If I say up again he will stand and if I say it again he will jump up on me. What he does do is make me think of new commands. For example, Sammy likes to accumulate the toys of other dogs. If I say drop it, he will, but he takes the command very literally and will only drop it for a second before picking it up again. So I have to say drop it and then leave it to get the desired result. Also, I guess I like his observation skills. Say someone comes to the door. He will always give 1-2 warning barks, but then he looks to me. If I see through the window that it's someone I like but he doesn't know, well he gets ready to meet a new friend and looks excited. If on the other hand, I look either afraid or like I don't want to see this person, he will go berserk and bark and jump at the door. Very useful for door to door salesmen...
"like" is so inadequate sometimes.
I just love what you have written in this post.
The most rewarding part of having a dog is seeing him learn and understand all
the ins and outs of the human world.
The most impressive thing I have ever seen any of our dogs do was this.
We bought a kitten from AWL and of course Chubb the heeler was intrigued
with the little one and would sit and watch us play with him.
One day I said to the kids, we will have to get him some little toys.
About a year or two prior I had found a small yellow bunny while weeding, I
think Chubb was with me and I must have said "look - a little toy". This toy must have been
in a box of junk in the shed. (still)
Chubb left the room and 5 minutes later came back in with the bunny and dropped it
at the kitten's feet. He was not asked - he just remembered "little toy" and went and got it.
He was such a lovely boy.
A used to have a couple of dobes, and I remember trying to teach one of them colours. She didn't seem like the smartest dog usually, but she did pretty well. I'd say she had maybe 75% accuracy with her purple and yellow toy. Couldn't fault her for enthusiasm though
I'm pretty sure my dachshund would fail at most of those tests. Especially pawing at the treat.. his legs are too short, lol! On the other hand, he wouldn't have much choice but to go around the barrier, not a chance he'd get over it, though knowing him, he'd just pace and whine if I was on the other side and maybe claw at it. He doesn't really have a favourite spot in the house aside from my lap and I don't think he really likes going for walks.
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