My dog will do trigonometry if a treat is involved.
Well said Rick!
Nothing is more frustrating than a stupid dog and conversely very few things are more satisfying than an intelligent and cooperative dog. Many dogs are capable of having a large vocabulary - but synonyms are not how to win your pooch-over. As dog-trainers, we must be consistent. Dogs can learn synonyms, but certainly they don't begin as wordsmiths.
It is great to let dogs be dogs and to interact with other dogs, but it is also important for many dogs to be socialized with humans as needs dictate. Our marriage of 41 years has included ownership of only a handful of dogs: A homeless dog joined us when we were first married and we found her a good home - because we were in an apartment that didn't allow dogs or cats. Immediately after buying our first house, we purchased two female Brittany Spaniel puppies (one liver and white / one orange and white). The orange and white one we kept until age 12, at her age 6; we gave away the liver and white one to our veterinarian - so we could breed the orange and white one. We kept one male puppy and named him Rusty. Rusty was a cool dog and went with me everywhere. All he cared about was chasing the Frisbee. Rusty lived to be 8 and died of lung cancer. My wife and girls bought a female Golden Retriever and named her Margie - she grew to become a true family member in every way. She had a huge vocabulary and could perform amazing tasks. She lived to be 11 and died with liver cancer. We learned of a Boston Terrier which had been severely abused. She had been treated by our veterinarian for broken pelvis, both rear legs broken (3- separate incidents) and numerous kicked-out teeth. We adopted her and her name was and remained Molly. She had more "spunk" than all of our previous dogs together! Molly was euthanized in June of this year, due to arthritis reducing her ability to inhale enough to get proper oxygen. Sadly, we lost a very loving pet. On my birthday in August, we got a young Belgian Malinois. Little is known about him, but we went through all of the legal processes necessary to obtain ownership of him. By now, we've spent quite a bit on vet expenses - as he had been shot with bird-shot. Joy named him Jericho. He was skinny, covered with ticks and fleas and in need of immediate medical care (which we got for him), but I guarantee you he knows we came to his rescue and is appreciative of what was done for him. He is as quick as lightning. He has gained 13 pounds. He is very playful, but if someone were to bother my wife - they would quite likely lose an arm!
NASA uses Calculus to determine when a rocket will land on the moon and at exactly what time. Jericho uses Calculus to determine exactly where he will intercept squirrels in our back yard. We do not know his history, but one thing we have observed - he can catch squirrels with relative ease - and he eats them ENTIRELY.
Otis Guillebeau from Auburn, Georgia