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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.
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!
Do you think your dog could be one Australia’s smart dogs?
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