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Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Intelligence

Dawn Watson/CNBnews Contributor

     

B&CSome dogs have higher intelligence than others. Throughout my career I have noticed a huge difference in dogs’ capacity to learn and remember. I’ve had occasion to work with both extremes.

 

   A dog that I adopted many years ago is on the lower end of cognitive reasoning. However, he is a happy, healthy little boy that has given me much joy. If you suspect that your dog has some deficits, consult your veterinarian to see if the problem might be one that can be corrected. If he is otherwise healthy, consult a professional trainer to find ways to improve his quality of life.

 

   Here are a few things I do to make sure my sweet boy is living the best life I can give him:

 

   Don’t demand perfection. Instead, enjoy each moment as it comes and appreciate every little accomplishment.

 

   Praise and reward achievements, no matter how small.

 

   Forgive mistakes.

 

   Don’t expect long-term memory when it comes to training but be happy when he remembers and achieves proper behaviors.

 

   Raising a dog is a lot like raising a child—positive reinforcement can create small miracles!  

 

If you have questions about this or any other dog-related issue, please contact me at 856.981.8957. There is never a fee for phone or email consultation.

Pictured: Bonnie and Cosmo. Inseparable in life. Crossed the Bridge within two weeks of one another.

 

Wado udohiyu, (Thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson

Owner, Brother of the Wolf, LLC

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