Have you ever said something and your dog knows what you are talking about? You find yourself having to spell out “P A R K” to prevent them from rushing to the door panting and wagging their tail. This is because your dog may be a genius!
Some dogs can learn a word after hearing it only four times. There is an exercise you can try at home with your dog to test whether your dog is indeed a genius.
The genius exercises aim to see how quickly it takes your dog to learn the names of the items.
Get your dog two new toys that they are not familiar with. Choose toys that look different from each other and give them names.
Show your dog a toy and tell them the name of the toy. Let them play with it and repeat the name four times. Repeat this with the second toy.
Next, place the toys somewhere out of your sight so that your body language does not influence their decision. Ask them to bring each toy to you by saying the words that you taught them.
If your dog goes to the correct toy, this means they succeeded in learning the names of the toys. This means your suspicion was correct, your dog is a genius! They have exceptional memory.
Continue doing this exercise with them. They will definitely benefit from the stimulation.
Note that after 10 minutes your dog will start to forget the names, and so reinforcement is needed for them to remember it in the long term.
If your dog does not know what you are on about but seems interested, go back and teach them again. They may not be genius, but they may learn eventually and it can be a fun game for the two of you. It may also be due to their lack of previous experience in learning names.
For some dogs, this game is just not so much fun. There are reasons why your dog did not pass the test. It could be their inherent nature.
Some dog breeds are just not that good at remembering things.
The Bloodhound, Basset Hound, and Beagle are examples of such breeds. They are simply more skilled in other areas, such as their sense of smell. They are just as brilliant.
Dog breeds who should enjoy this memory game are The Border Collie, Poodle, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Doberman Pinscher, Shetland Sheepdog, Labrador Retriever, Papillon, Rottweiler, and Australian Cattle dog.
Share your experience in the comments below, maybe we can find the next Einstein! They could even be a secret agent.
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