Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: The Surface Of The Sun
Their Intelligence Never Ceases To Amaze Me
We all know Shepherds are an intelligent breed, but Koda being my first is teaching me a lot about just how smart they really are. There are the little things he's done, like learn some things incredibly fast. He learned not to door dash in about a half hour. Learned shake and down in about 10 tries, etc. Then there are the things he does that completely amaze me. Like when he when he wants so badly to stay in my room with me but I want him out for some reason or another. I can't coax him out, no, he will sit in my room and won't budge until he hears a certain number of footsteps down the hall. Then he knows I'm actually leaving my room and wants to go with me. Then he knows I'm not trying to trick him out of the room to then run back in.
Recently, he learned something else that lends proof of his intelligence. We have inside toys and outside toys for obvious reasons, to keep the inside ones looking semi-clean. Well, every time I went to open the slider to let Koda out back he would run and attempt to grab a toy to bring out back with him. Adorable, but not kosher. So I'd stand there with my hand on the slider door saying, "Drop it" incessantly, with little success, until I would finally give up and just grab the toy out of his mouth, let him out, and chuck the toy across the room.
A couple days ago, however, I noticed something...
I went to let Koda outside, he did his usual routine in grabbing a toy and I thought to myself, Gotta grab the toy, that's the nice new one I got him...But to my surprise he got to the door and just dropped it. It took a second to process what happened. I gave him this look like, Really?, and went to open the slider a bit thinking he'd pick it back up and dash. Nope! He didn't go for the toy, so I let him out. He's been doing that with all of his toys since.
Trivial, I know, but it's another thing to add to the list. I can't wait to see what else he has in store for me. I'm just wondering what kinds of things yours have done that have just left you scratching your head in amazement...
Koda - Sable GSD
Riley - Sheltie Mix
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