A recent study came out that showed that dogs are not that smart compared to other animals. The study uses a lot of scientific terms, but they conclude that "dog cognition does not look exceptional." I think they missed one important thing when they measured smartness and that is you don't need to be smart if you are lovable and give unconditional love. Isn't that what makes dogs so smart that we humans find it so hard to do?
When my son was young, I asked him to get off his smartphone and do his homework in the dining room so I could watch him while I was doing dishes. When I came to see how he was doing, I saw my neighbor walking his dog Rocky from my living room window.
I said to my son that “Rocky has such a great life.” My son immediately started laughing and said to me, “But Rocky is a dumb dog that doesn’t do anything.”
I said to my son, “Rocky is very smart. He gets everything from doing two things: Love and be lovable.” My son was still not convinced, so I said to him:
“Does Rocky have to go to school and do homework?”
“Does Rocky ever have to pick up his crap?”
“Does our neighbor take Rocky for a walk twice a day?”
“Does Rocky ever complain about not getting his food on time?”
"Does Rocky have to take out the garbage?"
I was on a roll and added:
“Do we pick up your crap?”
“Do we take you out for s walk or drive in the morning and evening?”
“Do we always give you food you like?”
“Do we let you stay home and do nothing?”
"Who has a good life?"
My son, finally realizing that Rocky was very smart in his own way, stopped laughing and went back to do his homework. He knew he could not be as smart as Rocky in getting everything Rocky was getting.
Dale Carnegie said it best in his book How to Win Friends and Influence People that "Did you ever stop to think that a dog is the only animal that doesn’t have to work for a living? A hen has to lay eggs, a cow has to give milk, and a canary has to sing. But a dog makes his living by giving you nothing but love."
And when his dog Tippy died from being struck by lightning, he felt a deep loss and writes with the following moving words:
"You never read a book on psychology, Tippy. You didn’t need to. You knew by some divine instinct that you can make more friends in two months by becoming genuinely interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you."
Carnegie knew that dogs are very smart since they figured out one thing that you don't need to do much to increase your IQ points but give unconditional love.
Now if this was so easy, then why we humans find it so difficult to do and has made Dale Carnegie's famous book so popular even today. Just imagine how many IQ points we would add if we could learn this one trait from dogs.
Who's smart now?
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