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Each one is so different..we had one golden we took to the playgrounds. She would climb the ladder on the slide the then go down. She could also open the doors and outside pressure gate that we woule actually have to put a lock through the fence.

However, we had another one the other hand who could not figure out how to play with her toys..after the other dogs showing her thousand times (many more things as well.)

However..the both had great personalities and their own special things about them. Love the Goldens!
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I think the Stanley Coren measure of dog intelligence is based on how quickly the dog understands commands and how often they obey it, hence the high rating for Goldens, since I understand they are (in general) extremely easy to train:

The Intelligence of Dogs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Whether or not they're truly intelligent, one thing is for sure... they are definitely GOOFBALLS
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Mercy is very smart! She outsmarts my husband and I alot. She runs off if we catch her with something in her mouth. It's hard not to chase her when we fear she might get sick off of whatever is in her mouth. We are trying to keep things out of her reach. She can stand up and surf shelves to find things and take them off. When Mercy is mouthing my feet, I run to her supply box and then she stops and comes over and sits because she knows that there are good stuff in there! I am taking Mercy to a Nosework class starting on Monday to redirect her her energies, so she can be happy and behave herself better as she builds a better relationship with me with her trust, respect of me and confidence level rising.

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My Bella is very smart, but she's also very mischievous. Has selective hearing.
Case in point:
Bella kows all the basic training commands, come, sit, laydown, stay & even roll-over is in progress. Show her a biscuit she does these for rewards: no problem.
We have in the kitchen a clean dog towel that is hung on the back of a bar stool near the patio doors. We use it wipe Bella's feet when she returns from out side.
Bella ignores this towel all day long. BUT when we return from a walk or backyard play time she will grab to towel from the chair & take off with it. No commands work.
We have to corner her to get her to surrender the towel. Scolding, shouting No, Leave it, Drop it etc are all in-effective. She is in full play mode & won't repond to commands.
We refuse to offer treats to get the towel back, we did that with our last Husky & he became a regular towel/sock thief just to get the cookies. LOL

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Isla is pretty smart and she picks up things really quickly.

She does sometimes sport the open mouthed, vacant eyed, 'thick' look I think at that point she's just thinking 'dum di dum di dum di dum'. I think it's cute though.
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Isla is pretty smart and she picks up things really quickly.

She does sometimes sport the open mouthed, vacant eyed, 'thick' look I think at that point she's just thinking 'dum di dum di dum di dum'. I think it's cute though.
Bella has a similar (tongue hanging out the side of her mouth) look.
It's also cute, but certainly has that "nobody's home" look to it.

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Yep Goldens are goofy! It's their fun loving nature I think


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Milla is still young, but is learning quickly on a lot of things. She got things like Sit, shake, lay down within a few minutes of training. I just wish she was a quicker learner when it came to things like potty training and biting. I guess those are normal issues for her age though. So far she is pretty easy to train. She's even picking up on things that we tell her once and dont actually train on. Like sitting and waiting to go to her food dish until told. I was amazed when she did it without me telling her.
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