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Riley turned 4 months old on Monday. She potty trained fairly easily. She has been going to puppy classes for about 6 weeks and seems to pick up on things pretty quickly. The other night, around 10:30 (bedtime for Riley) she sat and looked at my DH as if she wanted something. He got up and she led him to the freezer where we keep her frozen cream cheese kong. She only gets those when she is in her crate. He took it out and she ran to her crate and went in. She was ready for bed! Riley is only our second golden. Our previous golden was the world's sweetest dog but not the brightest crayon in the box. Is this type of behavior common among the breed?
 

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Ahhhh! I love it!

I truly think there are levels of "brightness" even in the breed. Mojo has caught onto EVERYTHING quickly, and he even tries to figure out what trick he needs to do for some food... without me even saying anything. They say that's a sign of intelligence.

Max, on the other hand... I don't know if she's just a little more shy or what, but she doesn't seem to be picking up any training... at all. She knows how to sit and stay and sometimes shake... but I have to guide her into a down with food... and all other tricks she never seems to remember. :( I feel bad saying that about her, because she's a total sweetheart... but yeah.

Looks like you got one of the smart'uns. ;) LOL... watch out, they figure things out. Mojo figured out how to open our fridge and help himself to our ham. :doh:
 

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Yeah sounds like you got a smart one! Luck is doing bedtime rituals as well! Last night it was "past" bedtime and he decided to let me know! He brought his bedtime blanket out to me layed it on the couch and slept. When it was time for bed He started dragging it. I figured I would help and pick it up. OHHHH NOOOO he carries it downstairs and starts ALL OVER! I have to wait until he drug this big queen size comforter up the stairs and in the bed!
 

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Some of them are way way too smart! Years ago one evening, I had taken food out for the dogs but my border collie didn't eat. I said 'fine, when we're done the movie if you still don't want it, Bender can have it. They both settled down and slept, but as soon as the movie was over both of them popped up and sat there looking at me waiting to see who was going to eat...

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Yeah sounds like you got a smart one! Luck is doing bedtime rituals as well! Last night it was "past" bedtime and he decided to let me know! He brought his bedtime blanket out to me layed it on the couch and slept. When it was time for bed He started dragging it. I figured I would help and pick it up. OHHHH NOOOO he carries it downstairs and starts ALL OVER! I have to wait until he drug this big queen size comforter up the stairs and in the bed!
LMFAO! Aww!!
 

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My chance was a big pretty surfer boy and just not the brightest guy. Boomer was extremely smart and so in tune with me I swear he read my mind.
Copper is smart, but uses his brains for his own ends only.
They are all unique and I've loved them all. Sounds like Riley could join the golden mensa group.
 

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My three go from super smart and goodlooking to not to bright but still goodlooking. Wont say who is who though incase they read this, dont want to hurt thier feelings. LOL
 

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My three go from super smart and goodlooking to not to bright but still goodlooking. Wont say who is who though incase they read this, dont want to hurt thier feelings. LOL
LOL! ... Max would probably be mad at me if she ever read MY comment... :uhoh:

*Deletes history*

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I also think some dogs are smarter than others, even within the same breed. My other Golden was probably just a little above average in intelligence but he loved food, so he worked hard to learn and earn that treat, meaning it was easy teaching him tricks. I had a foster Golden who was super smart (WAY above average) as well as being very food motivated, and he learned a trick in one session and retained it after a few reps. One of Gibby's BFF doggy friends (a GRF member dog) is like my foster dog - very smart PLUS food motivated. Stephanie says teaching him new things is very easy. My Gibby on the other hand is like your first dog - the sweetest dog but veeery slow. I've given up trying to teach him anything more complicated than a shake or a bow. ;) It takes Gibby weeks to learn the same trick Gaius (my other Golden) learned in a day.
 

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I agree with everyone who said typical golden.

Buddy, my 9 month old, got into the habit of running to his crate when we would either get a kong ready or a milk bone - he knows that we are going out for a little while and he has to go in his house.

They definitely get into habits pretty quickly and are good at associating objects with actions, etc
 

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They can be pretty smart. It is fun to have that type of connection with your golden. Our first golden got my son into trouble at school. Riker was pretty smart and every time someone in the family said the word walk he would do his happy dance until someone took him. So, we got smart and started to spell the word w-a-l-k instead of it. So, he picked up on it very quickly. So, our son figured he could spell and told his teacher that his dog could spell. The teacher mentions this at the parent teacher conference. I stated ....well technically our son is right. Every time we spell it the dog knows the word so he can spell in a way. The teacher did not have a lot of humor for a 2nd grade teacher, LOL.


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She's at that age when they're like a sponge. Loved the kong story.... they have their ways to get what they want.
When Maya was at 6 mos. she had learned What "go to bed" meant. One day I told her "go to bed", she jumped to MY bed. I told her to get down, then I ponted at HER blanket and repeated "go to bed". She obeyed. 10 minutes later she had dragged HER blanket to MY bed.

Couldn't get angry at this. She ended up training ME. I even got her a new blanket no match my new bed cover....
Here's a before and after. She's now 20mos.





Yeah! And she now steals my pillow...
 

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They can be pretty smart. It is fun to have that type of connection with your golden. Our first golden got my son into trouble at school. Riker was pretty smart and every time someone in the family said the word walk he would do his happy dance until someone took him. So, we got smart and started to spell the word w-a-l-k instead of it. So, he picked up on it very quickly. So, our son figured he could spell and told his teacher that his dog could spell. The teacher mentions this at the parent teacher conference. I stated ....well technically our son is right. Every time we spell it the dog knows the word so he can spell in a way. The teacher did not have a lot of humor for a 2nd grade teacher, LOL.


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LOL!!! What a cute story! How come a person doesn't have enough humor to like this story? Love it!!
 
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