6 Reasons My Dog Is Smarter Than Some Humans + Giveaway

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I reckon my 10-year-old Staffy is smarter than some humans and I don’t mean being able to do as he’s told. I mean the fact that he can tap into emotions and my physical state better than most humans can.  How much easier would life be if friends, family, partners and co-workers picked up on what some dogs do? Here’s why I reckon my dog is smarter than some humans.

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My dog, Billy.

He knows when I’m sad

When I’m sad, billy picks on it pretty much straight away, he stands and looks at me as if to say, “are you ok mummy?” or looks at me with a show of concern across the room. He will sometimes stick his head between my legs if I’m sitting on the couch or give me a bit of a lick.  I don’t have to be crying, he simply has this knack of picking up on my body language.

He can sense my intentions

I don’t know if it’s a sixth sense, but Billy just knows when something is about to happen. It may be that I’m going to put him outside because I have to go out, that I’m about to give him a bath or when it’s time to give him his paralysis tick and flea protection.

As I walk towards the front door to put him outside, calling him to follow me, he refuses to get up. When I fetch his shampoo and start running the bath, he hides. He knows what the Bravecto packet looks like!  Apparently, some domestic dogs are roughly as intelligent as a 2-year-old that they can sense body language and understand some words, maybe this is it. I’d love it if my son was as attentive as to what is going on!

He understands my priorities

When we had Elliott in 2011 Billy was 5 and a half years old, so up to that point, he was our ‘child’. I must admit, we were a little concerned at how Billy would react to a baby, particularly that our focus would now be on Elliott and not on him. The thing is, Billy actually understood that my priority was (and still is) Elliott and because we didn’t neglect him, we were still the most important thing in his life and his behaviour reflected that. Wouldn’t it be nice if humans could understand priorities like this?

He knows when I’m angry

Oh yes, he does! After 10 years, Billy knows me well and I don’t even need to say anything. If I stand and point, or put my hands on my hips because he’s done a wee or poo on the front verandah (yes, that’s what he’s started doing because he’s getting old and tries to avoid the stairs), he knows straight away that it’s time to go outside. His head goes down and he quickly takes himself away. It’s also great that he doesn’t talk back!

He could sense that I was pregnant before many others

I find this absolutely amazing, Billy sensed I was pregnant early in the piece when I was pregnant with Elliott and has done the same with my current pregnancy. He has, on occasion, become more protective, attentive and loving. I won’t forget the day when I was sitting down on a short stool and he came up and nuzzled into my stomach, it was quite special.  I’m guessing it could be that he has picked up on my hormonal changes.

He knows when someone is a complete arsehole

Us humans, well, sometimes it takes a bit of time to figure out if someone is an arsehole or not, but with dogs, all they have to do is pick up on the body language and ‘hate’ hormones released by their owner and they immediately dislike the person.  Billy is like my sixth sense, if he feels someone is a threat, it’s usually right.

As Billy has become older and more fragile, I think about how much I’m going to miss these connections when he’s no longer with us. I often say to my husband that having Billy is like having a second child because he really does understand us. If only some humans were as connected and attentive as dogs!

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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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  1. Kit@lifethroughthehaze
    April 22, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    I have two dogs and had a beautiful boy who kept me company in my grief after my fiancé died. My dogs are just the best! They know when I’m struggling a need that extra love and support. They know when I’m sick or have been in hospital and how to love me. They look after my kids and treat them as part of the pack but know the two legged members are higher on the food chain.
    All of that said our dogs are the centre of our family and we wouldn’t be without them ever!

  2. Alison Fidler
    April 25, 2016 / 12:24 pm

    Our dog Arti is a “top dog” in so many ways. He became part of our family last year and from the first minute of meeting him we knew he was meant to be ours. He loves out two boys and is so gentle and loving with them. He knows when each of us need a cuddle or something to make us smile. He is such an important part of our family.

  3. Ern
    April 26, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    Because in our house she really is top dog, the one who rules the roost with all her smoochy-ness.

  4. blake haugen
    April 26, 2016 / 11:14 pm

    My little dog thinks she owns the whole street! Top dog in and out of the house, letting everyone know!!

  5. Fran Lewis
    April 27, 2016 / 7:19 am

    Is our dog smarter than us? Definitely!!! Want to leave without her? Have bag packed, shoes on, keys in hand/pocket at least an hour before we leave and then husband at the front door, me through the back and we may stand a chance. Cooking? Having a dog tall enough to reach the benches is a challenge so everything has to put up high or enclosed (fridge oven etc). Want to change the TV channel? Make sure it’s to something she wants to watch because if you put something boring on like, maybe the news, she wills stand in front of the TV until it’s back to SciFi or dinosaurs (if they’re on). The hardest part is being on top of things, right now I am dressed, with my keys in my back pocket, shoes not on yet but I want to brush my teeth. This could be interesting if I want to get to work on time ….

  6. Pat
    April 27, 2016 / 7:24 am

    My little rescued girl, Lena is incredibly intelligent. Despite her horrible short little life prior coming to me, she has learnt to sit back and take stock of all that’s going on around her. Maybe it’s because she needs to be ultra vigilant to ensure she isn’t going to be hurt again?? She’s learnt that knocks on the door upset us both, that going into the shower first thing in the morning means that I’m going out and she’ll be left alone for a while, getting the butter container out of the fridge means toast for breakfast and showing my empty hands means that it’s ‘all gone’. She has learnt so much already and has come such a long way from the petrified little girl who cowered by the fridge every time I moved, who shook so badly every time I went into the room and who felt that her only ‘friend’ was the fridge.. We still have a long way to go but we are progressing and I think that in itself shows how intelligent she is, she’s starting to learn to love and trust again.

  7. Rebecca wood
    April 27, 2016 / 7:36 am

    Harry is the best service dog in the world ,he keeps ella my 8 yearssafe and alerts us to issues.
    He has changed her life and allowed her to go out safely most of all he’s is her best friend

  8. Jodie
    April 27, 2016 / 7:39 am

    My dog Marlee is just the most beautiful sweet cavi girl, she is almost 10 .She always knows when I am feeling down and is beside me letting me know she loves me. Marlee has been deaf since she was about 3 and we have our own sign language that works for us. We all talk to Marlee just like she can still hear as body language counts as mush as a voice when communicating with your dog. ♥

  9. nicole tate
    April 27, 2016 / 7:43 am

    My 10 year old bulldog is a fighter, 4 nknee surgery and hip dysplasia by 12 months, but nothing can stop her from being a happy dog

  10. Carol Emerton
    April 27, 2016 / 8:09 am

    My dog should be in the running because he is a rescued greyhound who had an awful start in life, but who still loves people, and is so gentle and affectionate.

  11. Bianca bonakey
    April 27, 2016 / 2:21 pm

    My 13 cavoodle is a mouse catcher yep he knows when they have been in the patio after the bird seed and will sniff them out he’s better than a cat .. Flies too hates them chases them to the door so I can open it and let them out … Dogs really are the best

  12. Kirsty J
    April 27, 2016 / 2:37 pm

    They comfort me when I’m sick, make me happy when I’m sad, keep me company when I’m lonely, make me less cranky at their dad. They are like my good conscience, they make me exercise when lazy.
    Lucy and Basil – my dachschunds,
    I Love them like crazy!

  13. Anthea Cornish
    April 29, 2016 / 10:23 pm

    My dog is loyal, smart, loving and fun. She would be my side no matter what and defend me in a heartbeat. She is a very pretty dog despite her romps in the mud which camouflages her good looks. A top dog….. you bet!

  14. April 30, 2016 / 2:01 pm

    I felt like you were takling about my Mr Coopar when you were talking about Billy! He is so intuitive, smart and can read a situation or emotion. I am so lucky to have him lay by my feet all day as I work from home and we have an incredible bond. He is my top dog and I think he should your dog be in the running for Australia’s “Top Dog” due to hisloving nature and ability to always find the pretty ladies when we are out on walks and go up to them and deliver them a loving sloppy kiss. Literally, always, he has a thing for pretty ladies hehe! xx
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  15. Sarah F
    April 30, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Our labrador Rosie is the top dog because she really is our childrens best friend. If any of them are having a bad day she makes them feel better, if they are bored she is always there to play and if any one needs a cuddle she is always willing! She is such a sweet, gentle girl and we all love her so dearly!

  16. claire evans
    April 30, 2016 / 11:35 pm

    i have to beagles gixmo and marty who have big floppy ears and sad eyes that make you rub ther belly and fill up the holes they dig at 1 in the morning.

  17. sarah mary
    May 2, 2016 / 11:48 am

    My dog Brutus is my best friend and the star of our street. He’s an English mastiff, and though he weighs in at 80kilos at 14 months old, he’s the biggest softy you could imagine. He loves to follow his humans round to make sure they’re safe, and will do practically anything for a handful of snow peas.

  18. Teena L
    May 4, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    We have two 6 month old puppies, Diesel (blue heeler) and Jack (red heeler) who are brothers – Diesel is deaf so everything he learns, he learns from Jack. Jack is a great teacher and somehow knows Diesel needs help. When we cant get Diesel’s attention, we just ask Jack to go and get him and he does, its so cute 🙂 I couldn’t pick one over the other, they are both top dogs in our household 🙂

  19. Lisa Bright
    May 5, 2016 / 11:46 am

    I have two dogs. Both times, my maltese Toby has known I was pregnant before I did. He became extra clingy and would not let me out of his sight, even going to far as to sit on my foot whenever I sat down. He and my daughter used to kick each other through my stomach (that was fun) and when she was born he was immediately her best friend and protector. What a top dog!

  20. Sarah White
    May 5, 2016 / 6:50 pm

    We have two beautiful dogs. Kovak and Sasha. We adore both of them, but my top dog is our amazing 5 year old Dakota, who we lost last year to Lymphoma. In 2014/15 I struggled with ill health. Dakota would constantly lick my lower stomach where I had pain, eventually I went to the doctor and had a hysterectomy – fortunately there was no cancer, but my beautiful girl went through my ordeal with me and helped me immensely throughout my recovery. She was given 2 weeks to live in October 2014. I had my surgery November 2014, I went back to work January 27th 2015. Dakota passed away January 28th 2015. She was my inspiration, my hero. She will always be my top dog.

  21. Ross S
    May 5, 2016 / 6:50 pm

    Rusty barks at anything at all
    drives his owners up the wall
    Chases cats, big or small
    But he’s all ours for the long haul.

    • Bec
      May 5, 2016 / 11:41 pm

      My son’s autism assistance dog Katie is not a SmartPup for no reason!. Katie was placed with my son Jonathan in August, 2014 by SmartPups Autism Assistance dogs to alleviate anxiety and reduce and interrupt meltdowns. What an absolute lifesaver. Katie senses imminent meltdowns and can interrupt and distract so that a meltdown is avoided altogether. Not only that but I also have a severe form of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Katie is able to retrieve objects for me and when my pain levels are high and tolerance low or I’m not well she also senses this and sticks close to my side. Since having her placed in our family Katie has also been approved to work alongside me as my assistant dog. I don’t know how Katie does it but she certainly makes the world a better place for both my son & I. Thank you Katie <3

  22. Bec
    May 5, 2016 / 11:42 pm

    My son’s autism assistance dog Katie is not a SmartPup for no reason!. Katie was placed with my son Jonathan in August, 2014 by SmartPups Autism Assistance dogs to alleviate anxiety and reduce and interrupt meltdowns. What an absolute lifesaver. Katie senses imminent meltdowns and can interrupt and distract so that a meltdown is avoided altogether. Not only that but I also have a severe form of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Katie is able to retrieve objects for me and when my pain levels are high and tolerance low or I’m not well she also senses this and sticks close to my side. Since having her placed in our family Katie has also been approved to work alongside me as my assistant dog. I don’t know how Katie does it but she certainly makes the world a better place for both my son & I. Thank you Katie <3

  23. Kalai
    May 6, 2016 / 9:55 pm

    My Mum always said if you want someone who greets you at the door, is always excited to see you, is always happy to walk with you and hear about your day… get a dog. So I did and hes my top dog.

  24. July 28, 2016 / 5:44 pm

    Hey Eva, Very well said that dogs are smarter than human. Even my dog also know when I am sad and when I am hungry. Thanks for sharing the wonderful blog.