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Old 02-10-2010, 04:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How Smart is your Doberman

I thought this would be a good thread with tales of our smart breed. I am sure there are many.
Hope everyone posts away.

This incident, that happened yesterday just blew me away.

I had a private lesson yesterday and we (my instructor/friend/mentor) were working on getting a behavior with a clicker. We were working with Tamora my almost 4 year old girl at the time. Tamora is one smart cookie.
Anyway she got a lot of treats with this particular clicker exercise. We stopped and the clicker was put on the table and we just started talking about who knows what--well after a period of time Tamora went over to the table, put the clicker in her mouth and brought it over to us--she knew the clicker means treats and she wanted to do more of those games. We almost fell over--it was so cute--but what amazed mean was the thought process that went into it.
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I don't know if I'd really describe Charlie as "intelligent" but I think he might be psychic. Somehow he always knows half an hour in advance when we'll be going for a walk, even though we don't go at a set time every day. He then becomes a total pain in the ass of squirmy squealy excitement until we go.

Also since he's been a hobbledy old man, he's developed an extraordinary ability to make me do whatever he wants ....
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When he was 9 weeks old, I gave him an icecube. I wanted to watch the puppy run around chasing it as it slipped and slid around the floor. He pushed it once and it slid. Pushed it again, and it slid... then he lay down, placed both paws behind the icecube and crunch crunch crunch it was gone.

it was adorable, and amazing to me.
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She picks up things quicker than any of my other dogs, including Vizslas and my other Dobermans. However, my current Vizsla would have picked the clicker up too but he puts anything in his mouth and brings it to you.
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I'm still waiting on Lottie to grow some brains... though with the amount of times she has hit her head on things I don't know if it'll ever happen

Poppy (RIP) used to do countless clever things but a really funny one was when she wanted to go on the dog couch (which could only fit 2 or our 3 dogs) and Cricket and Libby were on it. Poppy would race to the window, barking crazily which would of course get Cricket and Libby up and running to the window, then Poppy could sneak over and onto the couch... this happened at least twice a week.
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Too funny! I can't think of anything in particular but Indy has been easier to train than our 3 previous Dobes.

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My last Dobie (also Indy ) was very book smart. Liked repetitive training and would work SO hard for me. Very operant and loved the clicker. He would not have lasted 10 minutes on the street if push came to shove!

My current 7 month old Reno is what I'd call street smart. He could survive on the street without any outside help. He's resourceful and intelligent in his own way. I'm trying to convince him that taking direction from people is a GOOD thing...he's trying to convince me that his way is the right way and less talk from people is a good thing.

Both of my guys have been so very visual. This is I think a breed trait. They both notice things hanging from phone wires, or birds nests in trees while walking. A friend's Dobie and mine were sitting beside a barn while their people talked. The wind picked up and one of the planks on the side of the barn started blowing out. My friend's dobe visually tracked the flapping part up to the base of the plank where it was attached as if to see how safe it was to stay sitting there. Blew me away!

When I changed my Doberman calendar, Indy used to bark at the new dogs on the page. So very observant it's crazy! Definitely intelligent, but ease of trainability mileage has varied.
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Nina learned, on her own, how to operate the in-door ice cube maker.
Just recently, since we moved to the new house, we started making her sit and wipe her paws. This then resulted in a cookie. In about a days time she figured out if she came in and sat immediately, without first running around, she got a cookie faster. Then she associated cookie with going outside. Now the KICKER: She ALWAYS has been a dog that goes out and does her "business" and goes potty at the same time. Not since she figured out the "cookie when I go in the door thing". Now she will only do one thing, come in...get a cookie. 5 mintues later "ding" rings bell to go out and does number 2. Then cookie. She put all those puzzle pieces together in a matter of days.

That said, when it gets warmer she's gonna have to do both or her butt stays outside. I can't do that now because it's unreasonably cold to do that.
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Heidi is not allowed on our bed. She does however jump up & put her front paws on the bed everynight when we get into bed to get pet a little, say goodnight & then goes over to her corner of our bedroom to her bed. Now, dont ask me why but one night when Heidi's dad was out of town I invited her up & let her sleep in bed with me. She slept sideways & I had the worst night sleep of my life, not to mention worrying all night that I ruined her forever by allowing her to come up. Well....next night Daddy was back home & she resumed her normal routine. Wshew! Crisis averted, I had thought I was in for a little re-programing.

Fast forward about another 4 weeks, he's out of town again & wouldn't you know, the little booger just jumped up on the bed, did her little spin & curled up. I told her to get down & sent her to her bed.

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Not that I am biased but Avril is one of the smartest dogs I have ever met. She doesn't really have any smart stories, she just picks up on stuff really quickly. And she always aacts like she is trying to understand what we are saying its soo cute

This is more cute then smart, but one day I was sitting on my bed watching tv and Avril was just kind of walking around and she randomly looked at the tv and some one said "Sit" and Avril immediantly sat and looked at me. I don't know if it was just a coincidence or if she was actually listening to the tv but it was cute!
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Buddy saved Patches the Dachshund they were out in the back yard this is when they both were younger I had Buddy on a cable so Patches could get away from him if he started playing too rough. Buddy started howling so I went out to see what was up Patches had a stick stuck cross wise in her mouth was in a panic mode.Turned Buddy loose grabbed up Patches tried to get the stick out but she was too wild.Grabbed the car keys off to the vets right up the street of course it was packed with people & animals.I told them what happened they took Patches back right away they could not get it out had to put her in a anesthetic box finely got it out.Waited around for her to wake up & went home.Buddy was so happy to see us both when we got home, he was her hero for telling me she was in trouble.Since they are now older no more cable,they get along fine loose together.
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I'm still waiting on Lottie to grow some brains... though with the amount of times she has hit her head on things I don't know if it'll ever happen

Poppy (RIP) used to do countless clever things but a really funny one was when she wanted to go on the dog couch (which could only fit 2 or our 3 dogs) and Cricket and Libby were on it. Poppy would race to the window, barking crazily which would of course get Cricket and Libby up and running to the window, then Poppy could sneak over and onto the couch... this happened at least twice a week.
Oh how funny. My Boris does exactly the same thing to get Brie off his preferred spot on the couch.
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