Gabe and Bunny, Clever Lhasa Apso Dogs

by Jen
(Oregon coast)

Gabe and Bunny!

Gabe and Bunny!

Lhasas are the most devoted & loyal of dogs. In addition to being extremely intelligent, they are also highly playful, sometimes mischievous. The more you talk to your Lhasa, the more they understand.
They love to learn and at the same time teach you!😬

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Hi Janice here from Small Dog Place
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Thank you, Jen for sharing about your Lhasas. It is obvious that you have a very strong bond with them and have picked up on a very important trait that some small dog owners never see...All that intelligence behind those beautiful little faces.

Research is just now beginning to shed light on how smart dogs are, something that most devoted dog owners have known for years.

Dogs understand more than most people think. They also understand our language and many dogs have very large vocabularies that increase with experience. Just like you mentioned, our dogs can understand a lot of what we say. How do we know?

Their body language is just one way they communicate, barking is another. As we get more and more intuned with our dog we realize that he is spending as much time trying to understand us as we are of them.

If anyone is interested in learning more about the inner lives of dogs, two of my all-time favorite books to read are:

1. "How Dogs Think: What the World Looks Like to Them and Why They Act the Way They Do," by Stanley Coren.

2."The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think," by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods.

Another book I found enlightened was not about small dogs but rather about working dogs, "What the Dog Knows," by Cat Warren.

All three books are well worth the read, in my opinion.

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Thanks Janice!
by: Jen

I totally agree!

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