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How do I know if my dog is smart?

Evaluating the intelligence of a dog is extremely complex and depends on different factors such as instinct, adaptability, ability to obey and many others. Thus, one dog may be more capable than another of surviving in the wilderness, while another will be distinguished by his speed in understanding and carrying out a command. In any case, studies to learn more about the intelligence of dogs have determined that the Border Collie, Poodle and German Shepherd are the breeds that do best. But it appears that with training, a dog can improve significantly, regardless of the breed to which it belongs. Let's zoom in on the intelligence tests to give your dog.

How can we determine the intelligence of a dog?

The notion of intelligence in dogs is assessed by taking into account their cognitive abilities, i.e. the capacity of their brain to process various information. It is therefore important to be able to analyze its capacity:
  • Spatial or ability to analyze its environment,
  • Of adaptation,
  • Attention,
  • Of memorization,
  • Of reasoning,
  • Decision-making,
  • Perception,
  • Learning,
  • Language.

Measuring your dog's intelligence through tests

To get an idea of the level of intelligence of your dog, you can submit him to different tests that will allow you to see, for example, if the animal remains attentive, if he assimilates as quickly as possible what is expected of him, if he is capable of memorizing and then executing an order, or even of solving a problem, or of being cunning, or even of being understood. The first step is to use a stopwatch to measure the speed with which the dog understands and executes.

The maze test

This consists of creating a simple course with few obstacles and then a more and more complex course, full of pitfalls, leading to a kibble. Only one way to reach the treat, but for the test to be successful, the owner must not show the dog the way. The test is only successful if the dog quickly takes the only path to the reward, without pushing the obstacles but avoiding them.

The cup test

The principle consists in providing three completely opaque plastic cups and placing a kibble under one of them. The dog is first shown that a treat is placed under one cup and the other two are turned over. Then we take him out of the room for about 30 seconds at first (we can lengthen the wait later) after which we ask him to go get his reward. If the dog has an excellent memory, he should find without any hesitation the cup under which his kibble has been hidden.

The interactive game test

Get an interactive intelligence game for dogs from a specialty store. Some of these games take the form of a puzzle with treats that the dog must find in a minimum amount of time. These games are generally well liked by intelligent dogs and can be left with them while their owners are away so they don't get bored.

The towel test

The owner covers the dog's head with a large towel. The dog should be able to get out of the towel within half a minute. Even though it looks like nothing, this little exercise is not so easy since not all dogs solve it in the allotted time (even well beyond 30 seconds).

The obstacle bypass test

This is an exercise to be practiced outside, in a park for example, which has a fence or a non-blinding fence at least 15 meters long with an opening. The master must pass on the other side of the obstacle without his little companion knowing and then call him. A very intelligent dog will not hesitate to go around the obstacle. An unintelligent dog will not immediately understand that in order to reach his master on the other side, he must simply go around the obstacle.

Let's not confuse docile dogs with intelligent dogs. A doggie can be quite capable of obeying his master without having a great capacity of reasoning for example. But you should not despair: improvements are possible if you give your dog the opportunity to train his cognitive abilities through games and exercises of all kinds that the dog will appreciate very much because it creates a special relationship and a beautiful complicity between the master and the animal. In addition, thanks to these trainings, the master will learn to better understand the behaviors of his dog and therefore, his language.