I caught Riley reading this the other day. He was interested in how he stacked up and, after I read it, well, it’s verified: he’s a brainy K-9. He’s got a large vocabulary and has learned commands before WE even recognized them as commands.
One night he was being a total pain in the butt and I said in frustration, “Riley, go to bed!” And he jumped down and went to his bed. We’d never taught him to do that, he just understood what we were saying–not only the words, but the concept after we put them together into a sentence.
Same with “Puppy to his room!” That’s another command he did the very first time he ever heard it.
Like his mom (me), he’s very intuitive. Riley reads our actions looking for signs of what might be next. When M puts on his sunglasses, it means we may be going for a walk or even a drive. When I get dressed in the morning, it’s a sign that he may get to go out and walk with me.
He’s also a very clear communicator, himself. Going for rides is one of his favorite activities, and if we’re outside and he wants to go, he pulls me over to the car, stands by the door and looks at me with a “open it” command.
There’s no question that he’s the smartest dog I’ve ever had. But, I’d like to hear about your dog–how smart is he or she?
After he sped-read the cover story, he yawned widely, and went to sleep, as if to say Ho hum….tell me something I don’t already know.