I'm wondering about the times your dog made a leap in logic or demonstrated powers of reasoning that were really wild.

Solo does a lot of smart things, but the first one that really blew me away was shortly after I got him. There's a big mirror in the lobby of my apartment building, opposite the front door. We walked in and Solo caught sight of me in the mirror. He stopped cold, looked at me in the mirror, turned around and looked at me, looked at me in the mirror, looked at me, and had this look on his face like, "How can you be there, and there, at the same time?"
Most of the dogs I know take mirrors for granted and don't notice anything odd about there being two of everything, or they react only to the other dog. Solo's never cared about the other dog. Now that he's familiar with mirrors he seems to use them to find out where I am. For example, if I'm in the bathroom with the door cracked open, he'll make eye contact with me through the mirror and then come find me in the bathroom. In other places he's seemed to use the mirror to understand that I'm around a corner. Of course, there are a number of other ways he could know where I am, but he does appear to be investigating me in the mirror first and then deducing where I must be.

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Melanie, have you tried giving Solo a hand-signal while he's watching you in a mirror? That should be interesting.
He stopped cold, looked at me in the mirror, turned around and looked at me, looked at me in the mirror, looked at me, and had this look on his face like, "How can you be there, and there, at the same time?"

Just had that experience with a shy little shelter dog the other day. It was actually a window reflection, but he did do that double take and seemed to figure out that the real thing was me behind him.
Melanie, have you tried giving Solo a hand-signal while he's watching you in a mirror? That should be interesting.

I know you asked Melanie, but... I have two deaf dogs which are (naturally) trained on hand signals and some ASL. I've noticed them watching my reflections in mirrors and on windows, and I have one that watches (and chases) shadows. They have both responded to hand signals that I give them through my reflection. The one that watches shadows will respond to the SHADOW giving the hand signals. Weird, huh?

Tracy
I'm wondering about the times your dog made a leap in logic or demonstrated powers of reasoning that were really wild.

Sadie is a relatively smart dog, though I can't think of anything amazing that she's done just off the top of my noggin.

However, she is the first dog I've had who has ever really watched the tv, and not just listened to the sounds it makes.

She only does this, suprise suprise, when there are dogs or sheep on, and prefereably both.

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However, she is the first dog I've had who has ever really watched the tv, and not just listened to the sounds it makes.

Two things to watch out for:

1. If she starts fighting you for the remote, you're probably gonnahave to get her a TV of her very own.

2. Don't let her watch the Iditerod.

Lee
I'm wondering about the times your dog made a leap in logic or demonstrated powers of reasoning that were really wild.

There is nothing about Khan that is at all smart, I'm afraid. He is not particularly inquisitive, not at all into problem solving, lacks initiative, and his powers of observation leave much to be desired. Trainable? Yes! Smart? No!
Suja
She only does this, suprise suprise, when there are dogs or sheep on, and prefereably both.

A friend's husky-BC cross will watch TV whenever there are animals on. If the animal is panned (or runs) off the screen, she runs around the TV to see where they went :-)
Mike
I'm wondering about the times your dog made a leap in logic or demonstrated powers of reasoning that were really wild.

Sadie is a relatively smart dog, though I can't think of anything amazing that she's done just off the top ... the sounds it makes. She only does this, suprise suprise, when there are dogs or sheep on, and prefereably both.

Tasha the Siberian watches TV as well, and she seems to have a preference for animal shows. She also watches TV in the mirror.

Mustang Sally
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