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Are horses smarter than dogs? Or more intuitive? I really have no idea. I’ve never owned a horse.
I do know that horses are smarter than, well, lots of animals. That said, I also know that when it comes to “intuition,” horses and dogs do it differently.
If you’ve ever had a dog, you know how she intuitively knows to find the one and only ball of a specific color or scent in an otherwise very large, confusing room.
When she does that, I love it. I love that she “sees” what she’s looking for. I love that she knows where to go to get it. I love that she doesn’t get too worked up when she finds it. I love that she doesn’t get it wrong too often.
But I also know that some dogs, like those with separation anxiety or other behaviors, see the ball and obsess over it for hours and don’t want to give it up. I know that there are dogs who, after retrieving a ball, will just turn around and drop it in a different room and then look to see if someone has picked it up.
That’s very different from a dog’s intuition. She knows where to go to find the ball she’s looking for. She feels it out. She follows her nose and follows her instincts.
And when she finds it, she’s still calm.
On the other hand, there are dogs who have never had a ball in their life, but will follow a human or someone else who plays with them with a ball around. They intuitively understand that a ball is a ball is a ball.
They don’t get too worked up over getting one. And they have no idea that they’re being chased.
I know dogs who have never known love or a touch, but who love being petted.
I know dogs who won’t even leave a room unless you let them out first.
I know dogs who have never had a toy to chew on or a toy to play with or been chased or felt a hug.
I know dogs who will follow a ball with absolute certainty.
I know dogs who will follow me because I love them.
I know dogs who will go look for another person when they think someone has left them behind.
I know dogs who are so intuitive that if I walk into a room and leave them behind with their owner, they’ll find the way out.
I know dogs who will go find the person they’re lost to when their owner is on the other end of the call, too far away to hear them barking or whining.
I know dogs who get confused and disoriented when they’re lost in the world.
I know dogs who go looking for the person who was holding them when they were a puppy.
I know dogs who will sit up on their haunches, ears back, and give an alert if they hear the sound of their name.
I know dogs who will do the same when they hear someone calling them.
I know dogs who will sit up on their haunches, ears back, and wag their tails if they hear their name, or the name of the person they love.
I know dogs who are so intuitive that they know they’re in trouble when they hear their name spoken, even if that’s not a name that they’ve heard before.
I know dogs who want to go out to play and who go out to get attention.
I know dogs who never chase anything in the world, but who would chase a ball or an animal for hours if they were allowed to do so.
I know dogs who can go for hours at a time staring at the wall, but who can’t look at a video game or a computer.
I know dogs who like to sleep out on the cold, wet ground and who don’t like to do the same indoors.
I know dogs who do not like to go outside and who just do not get out there.
I know dogs who can go for days without eating or drinking, but who love to eat and drink.
I know dogs who will ignore their owners when they tell them they’re going to be left alone, but who will follow a person who loves them for miles and miles if they are told to.
I know dogs who would prefer to sleep inside on a bed, who love to sleep on cold, hard ground outdoors, and who are not the least bit bothered if the air is cold, the wind blows, or the rain comes down.
I know dogs who love a big bed with lots of room to run around, and who just get cramped if they have to sleep in a small, little space.
I know dogs who would love to go for a walk, and who just don’t want to go outside.
I know dogs who would love to be crated, and who are perfectly content to stand and wait to go out to do their business.
I know dogs who love the water, and who don’t even bat an eyelash at being sprayed by a hose if there’s nothing else to do.
I know dogs who are afraid of the outside world and who love to go to a yard where they are the only dog to exist.
I know dogs who think their humans live in another world, and who think there are better times ahead than when they are being left alone in the house.
I know dogs who really like being in a yard, and who aren’t too keen about going for walks.
I know dogs who love to sleep all night and who just don’t want to sleep during the day.
I know dogs who hate to go to the park and don’t want to go at all.
I know dogs who are scared of thunderstorms, who are afraid of the dark, and who love to stay up late and sleep in the middle of the day.
I know dogs who hate going to visit relatives and who don’t want to sit in their car for the entire visit.
I know dogs who just enjoy sleeping in their bed at night and who would like to skip the sleep at night.
I know dogs who love going to the beach and who would enjoy a walk on the beach every day.
I know dogs who don’t want to visit friends, who love to go to their new best friend’s house every day, and who also enjoy visiting with their new best friend’s other dog.
I know dogs who love visiting new homes, and who don’t mind visiting old homes, and who love to visit homes where they can be with their humans.
I know dogs who love playing in the snow, and who really don’t want to play in the rain.
I know dogs who just want to lay in the sun all day and who don’t mind sleeping in the rain.
I know dogs who enjoy laying in the grass and who would be content to sleep on a lawn for years.
I know dogs who don’t enjoy being hugged by strangers and who would much prefer their humans hug them.
I know dogs who wouldn’t mind going to a kennel for a long while and who would love to have nothing more than the kennel to themselves.