PetieMarie22 wrote: Daisy does not enjoy being slammed to the ground, or head-butted, or sat on...
PetieMarie22 wrote:Border Collies always catch my eye and I'm very interested in them. They are said to be the smartest dog breed. They are also known to be super high energy. It's hard enough keeping up with a 3 year old pit bull!
furever_pit wrote:Herders are SO different from our bulldogs. I find it pretty interesting to see how different they are.
I know Cairo pretty much came with the retrieve built into him and it's made it very fun to work with him on those exercises. He doesn't drop the frisbee though, just keeps headbutting you with it until you either play tug with him or out him so you can throw it again.
Malli wrote:PetieMarie22 wrote:Border Collies always catch my eye and I'm very interested in them. They are said to be the smartest dog breed. They are also known to be super high energy. It's hard enough keeping up with a 3 year old pit bull!
Most dog "intelligence" tests(all that I've heard of) are graded on trainability, so not smarts but following direction, although most people also equate good listening ability or trainability with smarts as well
maberi wrote:PS - I would work Cairo on multiple discs if I were you. Drop = the other disc activating
furever_pit wrote:If I were imprinting him for disc dog I probably would. But for FR, that's just not the best way to do it. I reactivate when he barks because it transfers to the decoy later in the blind search and in bite work in general. I also use tug with a soft frisbee as a way to work on his counters.
katiek0417 wrote:I will say that with my guys (herders) they are definitely focused...on anything they want. Some more than others...
Jue will 100% stare at something...even if you try to hide it from him, he stares at the place where he thinks you put it.
Cy, you can see it in when we work...he finds one decoy on the field that he wants, and it doesn't matter what the other decoys are doing, he will sit there and stare (and shake) at the one he wants...
The other dogs...all do that same focus thing...but I've used it to my advantage to get an attention heel...
TheRedQueen wrote:Sawyer plays with invisible toys...'nuff said.
TheRedQueen wrote:There was a study that I've seen referenced in different dog training books...it had dogs doing a maze to get to food (or some other reinforcer). The sheltie sat and waited for assistance...the basenji (so called "hard to train" breed) went through and figured it out quickly. Showed how some breeds are bred to look to humans for what to do next, and some are bred to work things out on their own. Herders are bred to be biddable...easy to train...doesn't make them necessarily smarter than other breeds, just different. My hounds have been smart...just not as willing to work with me for little pay-off.
Here's a link to an article that references the study...
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