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Old 07-16-2013, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Lone Star State to Peach State
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Jumpy The Dog
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:11 AM
 
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That is an amazing dog, super smart.
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:49 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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It's a border collie. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a video out there of a border collie doing calculus. I'm 99% sure that some of those dogs are smarter than a large chunk of people out there.

And to think, I was so proud of myself for teaching Bella "down" with hand signals...
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:12 AM
 
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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Oh yah it's real, and yes BC's are smarter than most humans. My fairer and my vet have them but they have jobs as all BC's need to have, they don't make good pets unless you are an experienced dog trainer with a LOT of time to devote to this breed. I know I could never own one...they don't have an off button. I've been very lucky to see them at work herding...amazing. But way way too much dog for me.
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:56 AM
 
Location: In a chartreuse microbus
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Oh yah it's real, and yes BC's are smarter than most humans. My fairer and my vet have them but they have jobs as all BC's need to have, they don't make good pets unless you are an experienced dog trainer with a LOT of time to devote to this breed. I know I could never own one...they don't have an off button. I've been very lucky to see them at work herding...amazing. But way way too much dog for me.
^^ THIS. I've read that the Border Collie is one of the smartest breeds, near the top, actually.
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:01 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Remember Chaser?

World Smartest Dog? A New NOVA Special Shows a Border Collie That Can Identify More Than 1,000 Items - ABC News
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:44 AM
 
Location: Space Coast
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Yep. It's for real. BC's are super intelligent and very athletic. But like a previous poster said, they don't have an "off switch". They are definitely a breed for an experienced dog person with lots of time.
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:57 AM
 
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Yes, I posted this video last week. It's real. Jumpy reminds me so much of Jimmy, our boy who we lost after Chrsitmas. Same face, and Jim knew quite a few of those commands and was an extremely quick study. He was especially good at toy names. I'd say a toy name a few times, and he knew it forever. I could say, Jimmy, go UPSTAIRS to the BEDROOM and get your BLUE KONG, and he'd do it. Not the red kong, not the white kong -- the blue one. Nol, he didn't choose it by the color; he just knew that was that toy's name. And I only had to say it once. Jim was a border collie mix, far and away the smartest pooch I've ever had the privelege of being owned by.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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My Jazz was a border collie X cattle dog and Jumpy reminds me a lot of her in his build and his eager ready to please you, what do yo want me to do next attitude. Jazz too knew tons of words, knew most of her many many toys by name, knew tons of tricks loved to study things that moved and figure out how to do things. She would not just chase things but study them such as if she bumped a door and it moved for the next half hour she would be pushing it back and forth and looking to see why it moved like that, skate boards she would move along with a paw but have her head tucked down trying to see under them to see how they moved etc anything that moved fascinated her. At my parents I once used a hula hoop to pull a ball in closer to the edge of the pool so she could get it later when her ball was out too far she got the hula hoop and used it the same way I did. And they say animals can not think or use tools We all got use to that trick but when my uncle who is a very intelligent man was visiting my parents and I was down there with the dogs he was out back with the dogs and Jazz got him to toss her ball in to the pool and he tossed it too far. Jazz ran over grabbed her hula hoop and tried to get the ball in the hoop so she could pull it in. My uncle almost had a stroke as he could not believe what he was seeing and he came running in telling everyone they had to come see this! By then that was an old trick for the rest of us.

I have many friends with border collies and most thought she was smarter then their dogs and so smart it was a bit freaky at times. She was by far the smartest dog I have ever known and probably will ever own. She was not an easy dog to own but I enjoyed her and know she was my once in a life time dog and the relationship I had with her was just so different. Teaching such dogs tricks helps mentally stimulate them and they need that as much as they need the physical exercise and saddly many owners just do not get that I miss her everyday but am thankful I had her for 14.5 years. R.I.P. my sweet Jazz
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Lone Star State to Peach State
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Great stories dash and Tina!!!!
They sound like 1 in a million kinda dogs.
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