Has your dog got the smarts?

Dog runs for Perth dog behaviour expert vet Dr Kate - Pebbles

Just how smart is your dog? Dog owners generally believe that dogs are socially intelligent and very capable of learning social and general skills. In one study 25% of owners felt strongly that their dog was equally as smart as most people and nearly 50% of owners were of the belief that their dog was smarter than a 5 year old child. It may or may not surprise you that the closer the bond between you and your dog the smarter you think your dog is!  I can only speak for myself but…. I have always known my dogs were super intelligent! How about you?

The fact is  (as of 1pm on 16th September, 2016): dogs have the average cognitive abilities of a 2 1/2 child. Surprising?  Spread the word…this is so important for all dog owners to know as it directly influences our expectations, which impacts the number of dogs relinquished to shelters for behavioural issues. Lets get real about what our dogs can and can’t understand. With the average  intelligence of a toddler,  our little Doggler’s are just doing the best they can with what they understand about the world.

our little Doggler’s are just doing the best they can with what they understand about the world

And for those of you keen to know whether your dog is smarter than the rest of the group?…quite possibly they might be.  Recent studies are investigating an ‘intelligence factor’. So far it seems that this factor is independent of breed.



Dr Kate

Veterinarian and Animal Behaviourist





About Dr Kate

Perth vet and proprietor of Kalmpets Animal Behaviour Centre and Dog Day Care, Dr Kate Lindsey completed a first class honours degree in zoology and neuroscience at UWA, followed by a veterinary degree with first class honours, at Murdoch. Since graduating in 2005, Dr Kate has worked as a vet in small animal practices around Perth. As her zoological roots show, she has always had an interest in animal behaviour. Dr Kate successfully completed a post-graduate program in veterinary behaviour medicine and was admitted as a member of The Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Animal Behaviour in 2012. She is a qualified veterinarian behaviourist. Dr Kate established Kalmpets in 2012, Western Australia’s only sole focus mobile vet behaviour practice that delivered comprehensive solutions to improve behaviour problems in dogs, cats and pets.

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