i learned of Freud’s dog, a Chow Chow named Jofi, would often sit in on his sessions as a calming effecting on his patients. She was also good at keeping time, only getting up when the session was over (x)
every night churchgrim wants to lie in bed with me for about 15 minutes before he proceeds to his own bed spots (he moves around all night on patrol, apparently this is a shepherd thing, they dont just conk out for ten hours they have to stay alert in case there are threats, good boy) but he never jumps on furniture by himself. he will stand next to my bed and Look at the spot where he wants to lie down, and wag his tail. and if i say no he accepts this and goes elsewhere. and if i say yes, he jumps up and lies down for a little bit to get his “curling up with bonded packmember” time. and i think it’s an interesting little piece of dog cognition that some of them understand being “allowed to” do things, and more than that, understand how to ask for something, wait for an answer, and then respond to that answer appropriately.
on the other hand i just saw a video of a dog who thought that his owner had literally vanished because she hid under a blanket while he was fetching a ball so in conclusion dog intelligence is truly a world of contrasts. with humans if someone never gets smarter than a baby we have like special and separate situations for those humans but if you are a dog it’s you, the genius border collie who speaks full english sentences, and the guy down the block who absolutely loses his shit every time he sees a mirror because he thinks it’s an alive, enemy dog, and youre all at the same dog park every weekend. that must be a trip