11-02-2011, 10:37 AM
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I've heard it said before, not too sure how true it is. There is a lady who does agility with her afghan and he does well so they are very much trainable. IIRC, the dog intelligence study that came to this conclusion came out in the late 80s/early 90s and was based on how many reps it took for a dog to get a command down, as well as a few problem solving skills like how to get at a treat under a basket, or how to get out from under a blanket.
Also, speaking as someone who has a dog (and a cross) that are the smartest dog breed, dumb dogs are not a bad thing. Especially for a first time owner. Yes, you probably have to do more repetitions to get the dog to learn the command. But then, you don't have to worry about teaching the dog sit 50 different ways because when you say sit with a hand by your side, it's different than when you say sit when you are holding a coffee. You also don't have to worry about dogs figuring out how to unlock and open doors, dogs that figure out how to open crate doors (both theirs and other dogs - Ratchet once opened his crate then proceeded to free the rest of the dogs during a fun trial when the owners were out of the kennel room), dogs that figure that everytime you go out you put on socks, so if they just steal all the socks, then you won't leave.
IOW, the smarter the dog, the more trouble they get into. And in my experiance it seems to be an exponential equation.
You know, I've almost convinced myself I want a dumb dog next time.