Would you like to own a smart dog? Most people would say: “Well, yes, I would love for my dog to be smart.” People who currently own or have owned one will just roll their eyes. You don’t want a smart dog, trust me on that. Unless, of course, you have the time and mental stamina to always engage them in some sort of way – be it through exercise, mental stimulation, or by providing them with a job.
Smart dogs are challenging. If not given enough stimulation, they will come up with their own games and jobs…rarely will you appreciate them. What’s worse than a smart dog? A smart and stubborn dog. I happen to own one of those and, on most days, it seems like I’m living with a 3-year old child – they are VERY preoccupying!
Yes, smart dogs are amazing companions; they are lovable and endearing, but they are more work than your average dog, and if you’re not prepared for them, they are also more trouble.
Ashan Dezoysa wrote a great post entitled Beware the Smart Dogs! It’s a fun take on what it means to own a smart dog.