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What does it mean to have a "smart dog"

I've read that it doesn't mean they are trainable. However, Shelby has learned "sit" and "down" commands. Because she is smart, she rarely does it if she notices we don't have a treat.

We chose a pug paritally because they shouldn't require vigorous daily exercise, however, I do notice that intellectual stimulation really helps Shelby burn off her puppy energy. Dog puzzles that are available at the pet store, meeting people, going for a drive, all help reduce her bouts of hyperactivity towards the end of the day.

March 24, 2004 | Permalink


Shelby is now using her intellect to get attention when she wants it. Even though she knows she is not allowed on the bed, if she wants to get our attention, she will not only hop on the bed, but sit on Steven's pillow.

Posted by: W | Aug 9, 2004 12:38:39 PM

that is so cool we have the same name I was just seeinng what shelby means and came across this and "Shelby" is so cute and sweet looking

your fan

Posted by: Shelby | Oct 26, 2005 1:47:47 PM

My little girl pug goes nuts when I sneeze, she goes wild, throws herself at me and seems to need to get near my face or praticually on top of me as if she's trying to confort me. Does anyone have this or understand why she does it, it's hayfever season here and she's driving me mad!!

Posted by: Molly | Apr 24, 2007 3:36:26 AM

lol it makes perfect sense

Posted by: Michael | Aug 23, 2008 5:33:46 PM

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