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Obviously, individuals vary, but I was just googling up "chihuahua" and "poodle". Well, first I was looking up cognitive enrichment for dogs. Well, no, first I was looking up toys that dispense treats, and before that I was looking up how much chihuahuas and toy poodles should eat and exercise daily, but I digress.

All the resources I find on the internet seem to use a simple measurement to assess breed intelligence: How rapidly members of this breed learn new tricks, and how likely they are to do the trick when told.

Which is all well and good, but it seems to me that it's missing an important component, namely: What if your highly intelligent dog is simply not motivated to do what you want? (We see this with human testing as well, I guess.)

There has got to be a better way, but damn if I can see it.
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