Dogs Are Smart

8 Jun 2010 /

Dogs are now so dependent upon people that they fail certain basic intelligence tests that wolves and wild dogs ace, according to new research.

The findings provide evidence that humans, through domestication of canines, have caused dogs to lose their non-social problem-solving skills. The loss in skills appears to be “hardwired” genetically into dogs, helping to explain why homeless dogs struggle to survive.

Lightning Epps

That is not right to say “dumbed down.” Try teaching a wolf to shake or roll over, bright boy.

Dogs and wolves are smart in different ways. Wolves are smarter about survival skills but dogs are a LOT smarter about living with people because that’s what we do. We’re very tuned in to human behavior and language and ambitions.

We are also a lot better than a wolf at unconditional love, which I know is not what we’re talking about, but we are. We’re not man’s best friend for no reason.

My owner told me about some researchers who tied a piece of meat to a rope and passed the free end of the rope under a gate. Wolves would try to get the meat by tugging on the rope until they dropped over from exhaustion, EVEN THOUGH THERE WAS A HUMAN STANDING RIGHT THERE!

Dogs would tug the rope for a while, then stop and look at the human like “Can you get it for me?” or “Can you give me a hint?”

So who is smarter I ask you — the wolf or the dog ?

Also, I don’t know any wolf who has his own blog like I do.

— Lightning paw


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