Notes from a small dog – The IQ test…

ani in glasses

She came across an IQ test for dogs. Stuff like finding treats and problem solving.

Why was she even looking? Have I ever failed to find a treat? And she can get really creative about where she hides them.

So, we didn’t do it. The test gave the dog half a minute to solve the problems to get the highest score… Boring! I can find a treat and get it out from where she’s hidden it in seconds!

There were extra points if it was paws only, not muzzle. She bought me a toy a while ago, a puzzle where she hides treats in compartments and I have to choose the right compartments and slide open the lids with my paws to get the treats. It says ‘fifteen minutes of fun for your dog’ on the box.

I did it in fifteen the very first time. Seconds, though, not minutes.

Then there was half a minute to get a towel off my head… who needs half a minute?

Another where you have to get a treat out from under a low place. No problems there!

According to the test thing, that makes me a genius.

Now, a real genius, I would have thought, would have their two-legses properly trained. It saves a lot of hassle. Treats would arrive pretty much on demand… like every time they go in the kitchen. Dinner would be shared. The fridge kept properly stocked with chicken and cheese. The two-legs would know how to fetch and throw the ball and do so pretty constantly… and be ready to play out as soon as it snows. Normally, I just make her get the ball when I hide it it goes under the furniture. She likes playing hide and seek and it is good for her. Keeps her moving.

So actually, I score pretty highly there too πŸ˜‰

But then there are places, she says, that tell you not to get an intelligent breed if you want a quiet life and if things like obedience matter.Β  Where’s the fun in that? She looked at me funny when she said it too.

The thing is, I have a problem with all this intelligence malarkey. According to the clever two-legses who make up these tests, I am as intelligent as a small two-legs pup. And none of the animals are anywhere near as intelligent as a two-legs.

Now, that seems a bit wrong to me. I might not have the same level of two-legs’ intelligence as a two-legs, but how many two-legses have the same four-legs intelligence as me? We don’t think the same. Stuff doesn’t matter to us in the same way.

Four-legses have been training you two-legses for centuries…and you didn’t even notice until the cats got in on the act.

Two-legses chase things till it hurts… always wanting ‘better’ things. I just chase things for fun. I get room service, a warm place to sleep, lots of walks and fresh air and loads of cuddles. And I don’t have to be anything except me. All she asks of me is to be there and share her days. So I’m there when she laughs, there when she cries (and under the desk when she runs a bath. Just in case.)

So if we are talking intelligence here, maybe we should have a bit of a think about that…

Much love,

Ani xxx

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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75 Responses to Notes from a small dog – The IQ test…

  1. Ritu says:

    Food for thought here Ani!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Jack Eason says:

    Ani darling – what say you and I come up with an intelligence test for Sue? πŸ˜‰ xx

    Liked by 2 people

  3. barbtaub says:

    Most important intelligence test works for both of you: you have each other.

    Liked by 1 person

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  5. Darlene says:

    You are one smart cookie, Ani!!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Michael says:

    That’s one smart dog for sure. And I absolutely love that picture you with the glasses made me chuckle right proper


  7. jenanita01 says:

    ‘Not being anything but myself’ sounds like something I could use this year… Thanks for the heads up, Ani!


  8. Mary Smith says:

    Right on the button as always, Ani.


  9. ksbeth says:

    all great points, ani –


  10. Ani is the smartest four-legs I know of


  11. trentpmcd says:

    “if you want a quiet life and if things like obedience matter. Where’s the fun in that?” Agreed! Get a stuffed toy instead of a dog if you can’t handle the real thing! Of course humans are very self-centered and only look at their type of intelligence as the end all without realizing they can’t do so many of the things dogs can do.

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  12. No surprise. – Seriously picture with the towel overhead, Ani looks like a Supreme Court Justice. (Love the glasses at the top, too!)


  13. bobcabkings says:

    Ani, we two-legs have been underestimating the smarts of four-legs of all sorts for ever so long, and also depending on them to do the amazing things they are so very good at. Anyway, I hope you two had some fun with the test.


  14. A joy to read, Sue. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚


  15. You’re a smart pup Ani. πŸ™‚


  16. notewords says:

    Great post. πŸ˜‰


  17. noelleg44 says:

    Ani, no one would doubt for a minute that you aren’t super intelligent. Just look how well you have your two-legged trained!


  18. Well said, Ani! Lots of licks, Lilie


  19. willowdot21 says:

    Oh! Ani you have so much to cope with, I think you are amazing πŸ’œπŸ’β€οΈ love Ruby 🌹


  20. Adele Marie says:

    I, Dante the intelligent, agrees with you. My two legs are always telling me I is clever but then say no when I try and tell em not to eat the chocolate thingsy. If it’s bad for doggos, then what will it do to them lol Much paw love, Dante Dawg. xxx


  21. I think Ani is as smart as she thinks she is. Wonderful wisdom for us two-legs to ponder. I’ve always thought the world would be a better place if we were all a little more like our dogs. πŸ™‚


  22. tric says:

    Aw this put me in such a good mood and the photos… Having a genius of a dog myself I could empathise completely.


  23. Eliza Waters says:

    Ani, no matter the test, you’re the best! πŸ˜‰


  24. I dunno. I asked my dawgz about this and they said they are always STARVING and we should feed them much better food and get them better treats, too.


  25. This sounds like very sensible reasoning to me, Ani.


  26. Ani, I love you. ❀ And I think that you are very intelligent. πŸ˜‰


  27. Jack Eason says:

    Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    More from little Ani. πŸ˜‰

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  28. We like your idea of hiding under the desk when the bath is running, Ani. We know the word ‘bath’ and always do a run for it when it is mentioned. Why do they say it and then start shouting when we make a run for it? It’s like laying down in the cold mud. They’ve made us chase a ball and run around for hours, so we’re cooling ourselves down when we lay down and then roll over to scratch our backs in that refreshing mud. Don’t they know that?
    Lots of barks to you,
    Toby and Austin.


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