Sure, your dog is one of the very intelligent ones. However, owners have to handle their smart dog very carefully to maintain control.
1. Still Needs Training: A highly intelligent dog needs basic obedience training big time. That smart dog of yours needs the training more than a slower-learning dog. Smart dogs have a tendency to do what they darn well like and be the one in control.
2. Ongoing Training: Smart dogs need training starting with their puppy days and into their adult years. A smart dog will rule the roost if the owner gets lazy about giving those commands and making the smart dog obey them.
3. Slow and Steady: Even with a smart dog, you have to make sure the dog really gets what you have been teaching him. Those early basic commands set the stage for easy learning throughout your dogs life.
4. New Stuff: You know your smart dog learns easily, so up the ante and teach the fun commands too. My grandfathers pup could put his front paws over his eyes when Grandfather commanded, Hide your eyes. Have fun teaching your smart pup to roll over, bow, play dead and more.
5. Work for It: Smart dogs must be made to work for what they get. You want your smart dog to know that responding appropriately is rewarded. Words of praise and a gentle petting should be given for even the smallest attempts and successes.
6. Keep it the Same: Your smart dog likes to solve puzzles you provide. Those commands you give should always be the same so that your smart dog can solve them successfully and receive the attention and praise he deserves. If you keep switching the way you deliver those commands and requirements, then your smart dog will just be met with frustration. You want your smart dog to think, I know this one, and l can figure it out.
7. He Can Read You Like a Book: A smart dog will pick up on your fear right away. If your smart dog senses that fear, you have lost control. Fear in an owner means a smart dog that will become stubborn and challenge you for the position of leader.
8. Heap it On: A smart dog loves praise and affection. Your joy and happiness shown when around your smart dog will allow you to have proper control of your dog that is bright as can be.
9. Be Cool and Calm: Smart dogs have enhanced memory skills. If you do something harsh to your smart dog, he will never forget that treatment! You will lose control of your smart dog if you show anger. Your dog will also not want to hang with you because he remembers what you did.
10. Sneaky: A smart dog will play little mind games with you. If your smart dog does not respond to a command in his usual manner, he is trying to see what he can get away with. If you must correct your dog verbally when he is not responding to commands he has shown that he knows, remember to heap on the praise after the correction is made.
11. Do Not Assume: Okay, you have a smart dog, but that does not mean you can throw all kinds of commands at your smart dog and expect him to learn them all in no time flat. If your smart dog is taking a long time to learn a new command, do not stress him out by pushing him to learn it, or he will just give up.
12. Do Not Bore Him to Death: Sometimes owners can just repeat the same teaching over and over and over. A smart dog will become bored stiff with unnecessary repetition and review.
13. Give Him a Break: Your smart dog does not to be learning something new day in and day out. Give him a break from working on commands. Let him just be a dog!
14. Keep His Brain Entertained: Smart dogs need interesting activities, to see new places, to meet new dogs, and to meet new people. Some breeds of dogs are very smart, but a lot of activity can be a bit too much for their nervous systems, so research your breed of dog before engaging him in a wealth of new activities and experiences.