Basic examples are when I’ll be getting ready to leave the house and my dog goes inside of his crate without even asking (shoutout to Joe over at Best Dog Crates and Beds for his recommendation for our dog crate. He loves it!!). This is despite me leaving at all times of the day and night, wearing different clothes, sometimes showering and not showering… essentially no established pattern. Yet he knows each and every time. It’s truly miraculous.
Then there’s going outside. He will always run to the car when he knows that we’re going somewhere. Otherwise, he will go for his walk like normal. It’s truly mind-blowing.
Take a look at this video. If it doesn’t leave you speechless, I don’t know what will..
Ok, ok I know it’s a bit of satire. However, look at it this way. Dogs are smart and have graduated from obedience schools all across the country. They’re able to learn many useful tips and tricks within a very short duration and in an often chaotic environment with other dogs.
While it’s obviously not the same as graduation from college, there is a good amount of skill that it takes to graduate from obedience school. There aren’t any other animals that people take to obedience school, now are there?
Dogs are the only animals that can graduate from obedience school.
This makes them so much smarter than other animals!
Dogs have the great sense to mimic what us humans do. Obviously they cannot do things in the same fashion that we can. However, they do possess the mental aptitude to recreate our actions in their own special way.
Have you ever seen those videos of dogs climbing over seemingly impossible household obstacles?
There’s no way that someone can say that dogs aren’t smart when there’s so much evidence to the contrary.
Maybe it’s the ingrained dog’s fight or flight survival instincts that make them so persistent and intelligent. Who knows. What I do know is that dogs are incredibly smart because they can mimic the actions of us humans.
Have you noticed how dogs tend to act strange when danger is imminent?
I remember when we were younger, I think it was around 1992, when Hurricane Gloria was about to hit us. Even a few days before the news had begun reporting that a hurricane was coming, our dogs had begun acting very strangely.
Instead of being the lively, spry pups that they normally were, they were very reclusive in their dog crates. It was quite the odd site. We were actually going to take them to the veterinarian when we got the news that Hurricane Gloria was coming.
It was then, at that moment, that I really appreciate just how smart dogs are.