Dogs and people go back a long way, so it is no surprise that we have picked up habits from each other. But just how smart are dogs? Well, just like people, it varies from individual to individual. Some dogs are really smart, and others are dumb as stumps. But no matter what, dogs are awesome.
Would you like to find out how smart your dog is? Well, we found a series of tests that you can put your pet through that can help determine your dog’s IQ. You will not need much more than a towel, a stopwatch, and some treats. These are timed tests, and the longer it takes for your dog to figure out solutions, the lower his score.
Begin with a very simple towel test. The point of this is to gauge your dog’s problem-solving skills. Get a nice soft towel from the bathroom, and let the dog smell it to get acquainted with it. Next, in one simple motion, cover your dog’s head with it and start the timer. If it takes less than thirty seconds, give him three points, between thirty seconds up to two minutes, two points, over two minutes, one point and then just give him a hand by taking it off for him. If your dog does not even try to get it off at all, that is worth zero points.
The next test is just as easy. Show the dog a treat and then put it on the floor covered by the towel. Time Him to see how long it takes him to retrieve the treat. Again, under thirty seconds he gets three points, between thirty seconds and a minute, two points, if he tries but fails within a minute, he still gets one point, and if he doesn’t try at all, zero points.
Our next test is a little trickier. Begin by showing your dog a treat and then putting it under the sofa, far enough in that the dog can reach it with its paws, but not with its muzzle. Now time how long it takes him to get the treat. If he succeeds within two minutes using his paws he gets four points. If it takes him three minutes (using his paws) give him three points. If he tries to use his paws but fails within three minutes, he gets two points. If all he does is use his muzzle, one point. And if your dog doesn’t try, give him zero points.