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  •  And yet everyone wants a smart dog. I tell them, (5+ / 0-)

    no, you really don't. You want a dumb dog! Or actually I think what happens is that we confuse compliance with intelligence.

    Smart dogs can open the doors when you're not at home.

    I use crates a lot for dogs until they get out of their chewing phases. As much for their safety as for my sanity.

    Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature.

    by ZenTrainer on Fri May 31, 2013 at 07:03:38 AM PDT

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    •  We do want one anyway (4+ / 0-)
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      winglion, Avilyn, Sara R, ZenTrainer

      and understand very, very well what we are in for. A Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is one of the smartest dogs around, the equal in brains of any other breed (and I do mean any; they are scary smart) coupled with the drive and persistence of a true field-bred retriever and the attitude of a cat. Bitty is twelve and has been mine literally since her birth. She is my second Toller, and we are going to adopt a female pup for showing, field training and hunt testing, probable agility or other training, and eventual breeding if and only if breeding her will help improve the breed (which is the only reason to breed, and breeders who stick to this and are ethical sometimes break even at best). She will likely not be an only Toller, either. I love smart dogs, have exclusuvely had smart dogs since 1988, when I adopted my first dog (a Humane Society girl of a year old), and know exactly what I'm getting into with smart dogs. I personally don't want dumb dogs. But smart dogs are not dogs for everyone! I am perfectly happy to emphatically share the cons of living with one first to try to dissuade people from adopting one, and only then share the joys with the persistent folks who ought to consider one in a well-informed decision.

      Tales of what Tollers do are numerous and well-shared by caring Toller owners who know the breed is definitely not for everyone. If we didn't enjoy showing and doing other dog competition with a dog who enjoys it, we'd adopt from the Humane Society. But at this point in our lives, a purebred Toller is a must because the breed is the right fit for us, brains and being tool-users and all.

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      Why are war casualty counts "American troops" and "others" but never "human beings"?

      by Kitsap River on Fri May 31, 2013 at 09:07:04 AM PDT

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