The Intelligence of Dogs: Who’s Training Who

Ranch Dog Hello SwittersBA Border Collie, on a ranch in Southern Oregon, visiting with me.

I have dogs (and cats) and like most of you, I think my critters often display signs of intelligence beyond the normal obeying commands and intuitive responses. I was looking at this past photo taken of me with a ranch dog. The pup was very attentive. I decided to do a little research on Border Collies to go with the photo and found it interesting:

“Ranked number one in Stanley Coren’s  The Intelligence of Dogs and typically extremely energetic, acrobatic, smart and athletic, they frequently compete with great success in dog sports, in addition to their success in sheepdog trials and are often cited as the most intelligent of all dogs. In January 2011, a Border Collie was reported to have learned 1,022 words and…”actions in response to those words.

This past Thanksgiving Day, I was out on a family farm and they have two Border Collies. While outside, each dog brought me semi-deflated basketballs, plopped them before me and backed away. Over the next several minutes, I attempted to kick the balls past the dogs. It was almost impossible to fake out the dogs and kick the balls past them. Their responses to my feeble attempts at physical deception and power were lightning fast and sure.

two-o-clockNow that said, I don’t know if the intelligence of Border Collies extends to telling time. My Lab, Emma Louise, can tell time, I have no doubts. Standard time or daylight savings time, she knows when to ring the dinner bell (0600 hrs and 1400 hrs) give or take a few minutes.

Emma Louise SwittersB

8 Responses to “The Intelligence of Dogs: Who’s Training Who”

  1. December 1, 2013 at 15:16

    Dogs are all about routine and certainly have amazing time telling abilities. The one that really gets me is their ability to anticipate your arrival home even at an odd time.


  2. 3 Amy
    December 1, 2013 at 12:34

    Wow! The ranch dog looks so much like our Ace. They too can tell time, by the door at 3 when the bus brings the kids home and just like Emma, dinner time!


  3. December 1, 2013 at 12:34

    They are great…. You said well, who’s training who… Thank you, love, nia


  4. December 1, 2013 at 09:13

    Praises to the dogs & cats + all other animals as well…


  5. December 1, 2013 at 09:08

    They are amazing creatures!


  6. 7 Rock
    December 1, 2013 at 08:40

    In response to recent criticism: I am a retired Regular Army Officer (30 years service) & now a guide (more accurately an old-guide). I have gained some great nuggents of fishing wisdom from you but also enjoy the electic nature of your posts!!! Life is about learning and I gain much from my time with you. Thanks!!!


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