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Here’s Rykker, an enrollee at the Double H Canine Training Academy for service dogs:

 
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  1. It’s a usual preference for dumb, loyal, and happy vs. smart, treacherous, and miserable.

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    Steve's post is a lot more subtle and subversive than you're giving it credit for. When we train dogs as service animals, we're taking advantage of some of their animal characteristics, but we're also training them to suppress many of their natural animal characteristics. In other words, the "smart" dogs able to pass training as service animals are also in important ways less "doggy" than "dumb" dogs unable to pass training. When we watch this video, however, what we can learn about ourselves is that what we really value is the dog acting in "doggy" ways.

    It's so pleasurable to see the dog express its dog-nature... Wait!! Dog-nature?! I'm not supposed to think that way. // start CrimeStop
    , @Buck
    Enough with the anti-Semitism.
  2. So, the takeaway is that, “You just want me for my body!” extends to dogs from girls now? How much did the feds blow on this one and where’s the thesis abstract? #canineslib

  3. Don’t worry. Put a red vest on him, and he’ll be able to travel on the airliner with you for free.

    That was funny, Steve, but if you want to win the internet, you need funny CAT videos, not DOG ones. That or porn, of course …

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    if you want to win the internet, you need funny CAT videos
     
    Like this:

    Cat In A Shark Costume Chases A Duck While Riding A Roomba

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of2HU3LGdbo

    Hey, isn't that one of our most popular iSteve commenters in the video?
  4. Yeah, but what he lacks as a service dog is made up for by his enthusiasm.

    Who’s a good boy??? 😊

    • Agree: Realist
    • Replies: @Charlie_U
    Exactly! Great doggo! Great enthusiasm!

    14/10.
  5. I saw a dog IQ ranking where Golden Retrievers come in at #5/ A small herding dog was #1. Border Collie.

    • Replies: @obwandiyag
    There is no such thing as "Dog IQ." You people are unbelievable.
  6. Maybe he’s there on an athletic scholarship.

    • Replies: @Captain Tripps
    I haven't accumulated enough Unz.com Club Commenting Points yet, so LOL!
    , @res
    Or he's a legacy.
    , @MBlanc46
    You rarely fail to please, Buzz.
  7. This country can have either Rykker the dog or the last three million Indian immigrants. Which would you choose?

  8. @The Alarmist
    Yeah, but what he lacks as a service dog is made up for by his enthusiasm.

    Who's a good boy??? 😊

    Exactly! Great doggo! Great enthusiasm!

    14/10.

  9. Perfect background song…too funny.

  10. @Achmed E. Newman
    Don't worry. Put a red vest on him, and he'll be able to travel on the airliner with you for free.

    That was funny, Steve, but if you want to win the internet, you need funny CAT videos, not DOG ones. That or porn, of course ...

    if you want to win the internet, you need funny CAT videos

    Like this:

    Cat In A Shark Costume Chases A Duck While Riding A Roomba

    Hey, isn’t that one of our most popular iSteve commenters in the video?

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Haha! I've got video of our 8 y/o boy repeatedly running over our young cat with the remote-control Lego truck. Tiny Duck was not available for casting. It is funnier than this one, but I won't go through the trouble of signing up on youtube. (Then there's cat vs. drone.)

    Cats can take a lot of abuse .. after that, there's neosporin.
  11. My own black lab Sally is a dropout from a service academy. SheS was especially bred for the job in a canine development program at Auburn University in Alabama.

    However at the age of three her instructors reported that she had no desire to work whatsoever and only wanted to play. This is a very accurate description of her character.

    But after a career change to being an early childhood development specialist, she has blossomed under the supervision of my two daughters and is working well and barks when she hears anything that sounds suspicious to her.

    She is also very considerate. On being greeted at 5:30 a.m. she will always go and fetch her tennis ball in case any humans are feeling like a game of catch to pass the time.

    Had she graduated from college she would have been worth about $60,000 however her current cash value is approximately zero but we love her.

    I don’t know exactly what the college dropout rate is for dogs but even if they are from good families, just like humans a certain number drop out of canine college.

    But they can still be useful members of society.

    • Replies: @Muggles
    >>I don’t know exactly what the college dropout rate is for dogs but even if they are from good families, just like humans a certain number drop out of canine college.

    But they can still be useful members of society.<<

    Yes, just like people. But without those crippling college loans!
    , @The Alarmist
    Black Lab, doesn't want to work ... hmmmm.
    , @Antonius
    I have two Labs Ajax and Jo. My mother had cancer last year; although both have received training, nothing advanced. Jo (the female) watched my mother like a hawk, my mother would sleep for long periods after treatments. Jo would let her sleep for couple of hours but then she would nuzzle my mother and bark (loudly). Labs are special, great gun dogs etc.
  12. Rykker was meant to be the companion of a rowdy boy.

  13. I suspect that this is mainly because it is more difficult to breed dogs for intelligence than other traits, and it might change in the future.

    Our future dogs might be able to recognize 200 objects by name, and deduce, by the process of elimination, what object you want, if it is not on the list.

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief

    Our future dogs might be able to recognize 200 objects by name, and deduce, by the process of elimination, what object you want, if it is not on the list.
     
    Such dogs exist already. One black and white Scotch Shepard made it ino the the Max Planck Institute for Ethology via a popular German TV show. He knows 200+ objects by name, always willing to display his abilities brimming with quite focused energy.
  14. Intelligence DOES help if you’re sitting there at the shelter with 50 other mutts and hope to get adopted. Most of them get really hyper in the cage, so advantage to the one that’s calm, poised, observant and knows how to play you: “Psssst, hey kid — how about you get over here and spring me from this joint, whaddya say?”

    • LOL: fish
  15. That dog is probably very “trainable”, but he is obviously untrained. I think the video was some kind of joke or perhaps an advertising scheme – it sure made the rounds.

    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason

    That dog is probably very “trainable”, but he is obviously untrained. I think the video was some kind of joke or perhaps an advertising scheme – it sure made the rounds.
     
    It seems that way, because having watched a couple of videos of this dog, it seems that he is deliberately being set up to "fail" on video. Why else would you put tennis balls on a Christmas tree, or on the feet of an invalid walking (Zimmer) frame knowing that tennis balls are immensely exciting to dogs?

    My own dog brings me her tennis ball several times a day and asks me to play catch (indoors) or fetch (outdoors) with her. She has not been (deliberately) trained to do this.
  16. Good Lord, I love German Shepherds. (Maybe he’s a Mal, but the point is still valid.) I’ve got a GSD just like that one. Willful is the first adjective that comes to mind. Passionate is the next one. What crazy creatures.

  17. @Redneck farmer
    It's a usual preference for dumb, loyal, and happy vs. smart, treacherous, and miserable.

    Steve’s post is a lot more subtle and subversive than you’re giving it credit for. When we train dogs as service animals, we’re taking advantage of some of their animal characteristics, but we’re also training them to suppress many of their natural animal characteristics. In other words, the “smart” dogs able to pass training as service animals are also in important ways less “doggy” than “dumb” dogs unable to pass training. When we watch this video, however, what we can learn about ourselves is that what we really value is the dog acting in “doggy” ways.

    It’s so pleasurable to see the dog express its dog-nature… Wait!! Dog-nature?! I’m not supposed to think that way. // start CrimeStop

    • Replies: @Captain Tripps
    Except for a couple of DNA tweaks, dogs are just like us! Calling them dogs is so species-supremacist! Equal rights for all dogs now!

    Always give love and affection to your dog, the ORIGINAL Man's Best Friend (sorry cats! Love ya, but not as much!), Because dog spelled backwards is...

  18. I assume that such dogs are used to tempt and test other dogs undergoing training. Those that join in flunk out. In the course of their job they would often come in contact with random untrained dogs.

    There are a bunch of other videos of this guy on YouTube.

  19. Ok you have to admit, even by dog standards, that is one stupid dog.

    • Replies: @fish

    Ok you have to admit, even by dog standards, that is one stupid dog.
     
    Nahhh....just relentlessly enthusiastic! Like any normal 🐕!
  20. I would note that there is not much correlation between a human’s IQ and his popularity.

    • Thanks: HammerJack
  21. Service animals OK.

    Pet owners belong in jail.
    Pet businesses should be shuttered.
    Animals belong outside.

    5ds

    • Replies: @HammerJack

    Animals belong outside.
     
    Depends on where you live, at best.

    People leave their dogs alone outdoors in subfreezing weather. But in Nature dogs find protection from the elements and most importantly huddle together to share warmth. In fact they sleep on top of one another when it's cold.
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    Over 1/2 of service animals are a scam.
    What?
    Are they worse than the shelter which makes you register your cat with the Government?
    Yep, at least some of the time. Inside cats are not happy, IMO.
    , @Jake
    You make Mike Bloomberg seem almost normal.
    , @Alden
    Only if there’s a lot of acreage or a good fence and gate. Dogs left to roam often get hit by cars, attacked by raccoons and coyotes, taken to the pound by irate neighbors when they get in their garbage cans, go too far and disappear.

    Vets are expensive and if the dogs are killed the kids get upset.
  22. Not much correlation between IQ and popularity in any species.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
    So, in addition to an IQ, we all also have an SQ - Sexual Quotient, which you might call "popularity," but which could also be described, you know, colorfully, as a measure of the opposite sex's desire to go down on you.

    True enough, a man's sexual desire comes and goes, while some women can never get enough, being essentially nymphomaniacs. And that's the kind of dames you really want in heaven, certainly not virgins, assuming of course there is a heaven for dickheads.



    Be careful what you wish for or you just might get it. Imagine, you might get to a heaven full of beautiful virgins, only to find to your utter dismay that they must remain virgins.

    Could a heaven full of dogs be any worse?

    Back on Earth, there could be a system where SQ1 is the opposite sex's attraction to you, and SQ2 is your capacity for sex.

    Come to think of it, I think humans also have a DQ - Dog Quotient - although that measure would have prolly several components, one being the dog's desire to stick his muzzle in your crotch or rear end, while another would be your willingness to pick up its poop.

    Thus DQ1 is the dog's attraction to you, while DQ2 is your attraction to the dog, and DQ3, your willingness to pick up its poop.

    Carrying on with this idea, what about a Bad Friend Quotient -- BFQ -- as a measure of your ability to attract bad influences masquerading as "friends" who will try to screw-up your life?
  23. @bjondo
    Service animals OK.

    Pet owners belong in jail.
    Pet businesses should be shuttered.
    Animals belong outside.

    5ds

    Animals belong outside.

    Depends on where you live, at best.

    People leave their dogs alone outdoors in subfreezing weather. But in Nature dogs find protection from the elements and most importantly huddle together to share warmth. In fact they sleep on top of one another when it’s cold.

  24. @Flemur
    That dog is probably very "trainable", but he is obviously untrained. I think the video was some kind of joke or perhaps an advertising scheme - it sure made the rounds.

    That dog is probably very “trainable”, but he is obviously untrained. I think the video was some kind of joke or perhaps an advertising scheme – it sure made the rounds.

    It seems that way, because having watched a couple of videos of this dog, it seems that he is deliberately being set up to “fail” on video. Why else would you put tennis balls on a Christmas tree, or on the feet of an invalid walking (Zimmer) frame knowing that tennis balls are immensely exciting to dogs?

    My own dog brings me her tennis ball several times a day and asks me to play catch (indoors) or fetch (outdoors) with her. She has not been (deliberately) trained to do this.

    • Replies: @Rob

    Why else would you put tennis balls on a Christmas tree, or on the feet of an invalid walking (Zimmer) frame knowing that tennis balls are immensely exciting to dogs?
     
    My grandmother had a walker with tennis balls on the legs. They’re either to make it quieter or improve traction. Maybe both.
    , @Anonymous
    It's normal to use tennis balls for moderate-traction endcaps on walker legs. More to your point, if you're graduating a service dog, you have to be reasonably confident it won't flip out when it sees a toy it likes--they have to stay focused on the task at hand.
  25. @The Wild Geese Howard

    if you want to win the internet, you need funny CAT videos
     
    Like this:

    Cat In A Shark Costume Chases A Duck While Riding A Roomba

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of2HU3LGdbo

    Hey, isn't that one of our most popular iSteve commenters in the video?

    Haha! I’ve got video of our 8 y/o boy repeatedly running over our young cat with the remote-control Lego truck. Tiny Duck was not available for casting. It is funnier than this one, but I won’t go through the trouble of signing up on youtube. (Then there’s cat vs. drone.)

    Cats can take a lot of abuse .. after that, there’s neosporin.

    • Replies: @anonymous
    Mr. Newman, make sure to check out the sub-genre Hawk v. Drone.

    They bust those little helos up, all right.
  26. @bjondo
    Service animals OK.

    Pet owners belong in jail.
    Pet businesses should be shuttered.
    Animals belong outside.

    5ds

    Over 1/2 of service animals are a scam.
    What?
    Are they worse than the shelter which makes you register your cat with the Government?
    Yep, at least some of the time. Inside cats are not happy, IMO.

    • Replies: @Anonymouse
    Hard to say. We had a cat who lived over 17 years. An indoors cat, occasionally he would get out the door and spend the night away. Invariably the next morning there he was on the back porch waiting for us to get up and let him back in. In later years we used to take him outside to munch on the grass. He was very affectionate for a cat and chose to sleep between our heads at night. I do know that he wouldn't have lasted 17 years as an outdoor cat.
  27. not much correlation between a woman’s IQ and her popularity.

    shock of the century.

    intelligence of non-leader life forms is not that important.

  28. @Jonathan Mason

    That dog is probably very “trainable”, but he is obviously untrained. I think the video was some kind of joke or perhaps an advertising scheme – it sure made the rounds.
     
    It seems that way, because having watched a couple of videos of this dog, it seems that he is deliberately being set up to "fail" on video. Why else would you put tennis balls on a Christmas tree, or on the feet of an invalid walking (Zimmer) frame knowing that tennis balls are immensely exciting to dogs?

    My own dog brings me her tennis ball several times a day and asks me to play catch (indoors) or fetch (outdoors) with her. She has not been (deliberately) trained to do this.

    Why else would you put tennis balls on a Christmas tree, or on the feet of an invalid walking (Zimmer) frame knowing that tennis balls are immensely exciting to dogs?

    My grandmother had a walker with tennis balls on the legs. They’re either to make it quieter or improve traction. Maybe both.

  29. Not Much Correlation Between a Dog’s IQ and His Popularity

    The same could be said for women.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
  30. @Jonathan Mason
    My own black lab Sally is a dropout from a service academy. SheS was especially bred for the job in a canine development program at Auburn University in Alabama.

    However at the age of three her instructors reported that she had no desire to work whatsoever and only wanted to play. This is a very accurate description of her character.

    But after a career change to being an early childhood development specialist, she has blossomed under the supervision of my two daughters and is working well and barks when she hears anything that sounds suspicious to her.

    She is also very considerate. On being greeted at 5:30 a.m. she will always go and fetch her tennis ball in case any humans are feeling like a game of catch to pass the time.

    Had she graduated from college she would have been worth about $60,000 however her current cash value is approximately zero but we love her.

    I don't know exactly what the college dropout rate is for dogs but even if they are from good families, just like humans a certain number drop out of canine college.

    But they can still be useful members of society.

    >>I don’t know exactly what the college dropout rate is for dogs but even if they are from good families, just like humans a certain number drop out of canine college.

    But they can still be useful members of society.<<

    Yes, just like people. But without those crippling college loans!

  31. • LOL: Rob, ben tillman
    • Replies: @mmack
    One of my favorite Babylon Bee posts:

    https://babylonbee.com/news/calvinist-dog-corrects-owner-no-one-good-boy/
  32. @Buzz Mohawk
    Maybe he's there on an athletic scholarship.

    I haven’t accumulated enough Unz.com Club Commenting Points yet, so LOL!

    • LOL: iffen
  33. @Chrisnonymous
    Steve's post is a lot more subtle and subversive than you're giving it credit for. When we train dogs as service animals, we're taking advantage of some of their animal characteristics, but we're also training them to suppress many of their natural animal characteristics. In other words, the "smart" dogs able to pass training as service animals are also in important ways less "doggy" than "dumb" dogs unable to pass training. When we watch this video, however, what we can learn about ourselves is that what we really value is the dog acting in "doggy" ways.

    It's so pleasurable to see the dog express its dog-nature... Wait!! Dog-nature?! I'm not supposed to think that way. // start CrimeStop

    Except for a couple of DNA tweaks, dogs are just like us! Calling them dogs is so species-supremacist! Equal rights for all dogs now!

    Always give love and affection to your dog, the ORIGINAL Man’s Best Friend (sorry cats! Love ya, but not as much!), Because dog spelled backwards is…

    • Replies: @Autochthon
    https://youtu.be/OlUVlvayIZ0
  34. Anonymous[186] • Disclaimer says:

    It seems that way, because having watched a couple of videos of this dog, it seems that he is deliberately being set up to “fail” on video. Why else would you put tennis balls on a Christmas tree, or on the feet of an invalid walking (Zimmer) frame knowing that tennis balls are immensely exciting to dogs?

    That’s like saying a car driver is set up to fail because of stop signs, since nobody likes to stop on their way to their destination. They are primary tests of the dog’s judgement, self-control, as well as agreeableness with his trainer. He doesn’t seem very agreeable. Secondarily, the dog’s working “I.Q.” is tested by ascertaining how many times it takes him to understand the task, then how many repetitions it takes so that the dog remembers. The lower the numbers, the higher the “IQ”.

    These video’s indicate he may not the brightest pup in the litter. Or it could be the trainer. Just because a dog doesn’t respond to a particular trainer’s criteria doesn’t mean he’s untrainable. Dogs can have personality quirks too, that don’t match the style of the trainer.

  35. Milwaukee, Active Shooter. Rumor: Somali, so this will be memory holed. Sure would be journalistic to prove me wrong either way.
    https://www.wisn.com/article/active-shooter-at-millercoors-in-milwaukee/31119531

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
    https://thumbs.worthpoint.com/zoom/images2/1/0813/19/navy-usn-tshirt-naval-submarine_1_19f0e187dacebb781abf1b3c42f54c9e.jpg
  36. @Jonathan Mason
    My own black lab Sally is a dropout from a service academy. SheS was especially bred for the job in a canine development program at Auburn University in Alabama.

    However at the age of three her instructors reported that she had no desire to work whatsoever and only wanted to play. This is a very accurate description of her character.

    But after a career change to being an early childhood development specialist, she has blossomed under the supervision of my two daughters and is working well and barks when she hears anything that sounds suspicious to her.

    She is also very considerate. On being greeted at 5:30 a.m. she will always go and fetch her tennis ball in case any humans are feeling like a game of catch to pass the time.

    Had she graduated from college she would have been worth about $60,000 however her current cash value is approximately zero but we love her.

    I don't know exactly what the college dropout rate is for dogs but even if they are from good families, just like humans a certain number drop out of canine college.

    But they can still be useful members of society.

    Black Lab, doesn’t want to work … hmmmm.

  37. @bjondo
    Service animals OK.

    Pet owners belong in jail.
    Pet businesses should be shuttered.
    Animals belong outside.

    5ds

    You make Mike Bloomberg seem almost normal.

  38. NOT TRUE! All dog breeds are the same, and besides “breeds” don’t exist. It’s just a term made up by dog-racists who want to keep some breeds of dog down.

    • LOL: R.G. Camara
  39. The USDA’s Beagle Brigade sniffs for fruit, vegetation, and meat at international air terminals. Beagles were chosen because, unlike with drugs and contraband, violators are regular folks unaware they broke the rules. You don’t want to frighten them.

    These rules are strict– a Washington apple put on a flight in Seattle makes it to Tokyo uneaten. It stays for the trip back, and the passenger to whom it’s given takes it into customs at Sea-Tac– where it is now no longer American. Into the bin it goes.

    I asked one of the trainers, rather gingerly, if she knew beagles were not among the most intelligent of breeds. Her answer?

    “Oh, they’re as dumb as rocks!”

    Gee, thanks, boss! Grrrr…

    [MORE]

    • Replies: @AnonAnon
    Beagles are no Border Collies but they aren’t dumb as rocks. They aren’t big on pleasing you but they can be quite clever when they want to be:

    https://youtu.be/_ym0rxisOpw
    , @Alden
    Last time I was at LAX there was an ugly German Shepherd sniffing everybody in line. I hate airports. Don’t think I’ve seen a White American working in one for 30 years. That’s why I hate them.
  40. Mayor Butt is sick. They say it’s a “cold”, but other things are going around, too, or so I hear.

    The Latest: Buttigieg sick, cancels several Florida events

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    Mayor Butt is sick. They say it’s a “cold”, but other things are going around, too, or so I hear.

    The Latest: Buttigieg sick, cancels several Florida events

     

    Oh my.

    This is just too precious.
    , @anon
    The Latest: Buttigieg sick, cancels several Florida events

    He didn't look all that sick at the debate last night. No symptoms...uh...


    https://lasillarotarm.blob.core.windows.net.optimalcdn.com/images/2020/01/22/coronavirusmeme.jpg
  41. @songbird
    I suspect that this is mainly because it is more difficult to breed dogs for intelligence than other traits, and it might change in the future.

    Our future dogs might be able to recognize 200 objects by name, and deduce, by the process of elimination, what object you want, if it is not on the list.

    Our future dogs might be able to recognize 200 objects by name, and deduce, by the process of elimination, what object you want, if it is not on the list.

    Such dogs exist already. One black and white Scotch Shepard made it ino the the Max Planck Institute for Ethology via a popular German TV show. He knows 200+ objects by name, always willing to display his abilities brimming with quite focused energy.

  42. Dogs v. Wolves.

    Wolves have a higher IQ than dogs. Had to, because, unlike dogs, they had to fend for themselves to eat and survive.That makes them dangerous to humans—stealing, attacking, etc.— so humans hunted them to near-extinction.

    Meanwhile, dogs flourished.

    Also, it’s about being able to care for them. The smartest dogs, such as the Australian shepherd, are often bored easily, so they tend to cause mischief, whereas dumber dogs are content laying in a lap or on a couch all day.

    • Replies: @iffen
    So what do you think the dog/wolf population ratio is these days?
  43. @clyde
    I saw a dog IQ ranking where Golden Retrievers come in at #5/ A small herding dog was #1. Border Collie.

    There is no such thing as “Dog IQ.” You people are unbelievable.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    Thank god we can't all be cat people.
    , @Anonymous

    There is no such thing as “Dog IQ.” You people are unbelievable.
     
    Sit down, and be quiet, dum-dum, or you won’t get your jerky treat.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Intelligence_of_Dogs
  44. @Achmed E. Newman
    Haha! I've got video of our 8 y/o boy repeatedly running over our young cat with the remote-control Lego truck. Tiny Duck was not available for casting. It is funnier than this one, but I won't go through the trouble of signing up on youtube. (Then there's cat vs. drone.)

    Cats can take a lot of abuse .. after that, there's neosporin.

    Mr. Newman, make sure to check out the sub-genre Hawk v. Drone.

    They bust those little helos up, all right.

    • Thanks: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Hawk vs. radio control toy fire truck was a thing with some friends. It was all fun and games until the next sortie for the hawk. It became hawk vs. Garand with a.32 ACP subcaliber adapter. He was in the burn barrel and ashes in twenty minutes.
  45. @R.G. Camara
    Dogs v. Wolves.

    Wolves have a higher IQ than dogs. Had to, because, unlike dogs, they had to fend for themselves to eat and survive.That makes them dangerous to humans---stealing, attacking, etc.--- so humans hunted them to near-extinction.

    Meanwhile, dogs flourished.

    Also, it's about being able to care for them. The smartest dogs, such as the Australian shepherd, are often bored easily, so they tend to cause mischief, whereas dumber dogs are content laying in a lap or on a couch all day.

    So what do you think the dog/wolf population ratio is these days?

  46. @obwandiyag
    There is no such thing as "Dog IQ." You people are unbelievable.

    Thank god we can’t all be cat people.

  47. Yes, indeed, that is a common thing to do, but if you put on the tennis balls in a dog training school without training the dog with the unmodified walker first, the results are predictable. Like the tennis balls on a Christmas tree.

    • LOL: Dieter Kief
  48. @jb
    https://pics.awwmemes.com/whos-a-good-dog-whos-a-good-boy-whoah-thats-61615649.png
    • Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist
    That one was really worth a LOL. Sometimes BB articles are better in their conception than in their execution, but this one was written with perfect tone.

    Actually, many of the BB's Calvinistic-themed articles are of high quality. I wonder if their writers are Calvinists themselves, or whether God simply predestined the wording of these works before time itself began in order that I might enjoy them and be assured of His blessing and my own salvation.
  49. @J.Ross
    Milwaukee, Active Shooter. Rumor: Somali, so this will be memory holed. Sure would be journalistic to prove me wrong either way.
    https://www.wisn.com/article/active-shooter-at-millercoors-in-milwaukee/31119531

  50. @theMann
    Ok you have to admit, even by dog standards, that is one stupid dog.

    Ok you have to admit, even by dog standards, that is one stupid dog.

    Nahhh….just relentlessly enthusiastic! Like any normal 🐕!

    • Replies: @nokangaroos
    Young, male and enthusiastic ...

    let him who never was like that cast the first stick :P

    Jonathan #12 - used to be you could get first-rate German shepherds from the military and police
    K-9 training outfits because they refused the throat bite; iirc some 20 or 30%.
  51. @Buzz Mohawk
    Maybe he's there on an athletic scholarship.

    Or he’s a legacy.

  52. @anonymous
    Mr. Newman, make sure to check out the sub-genre Hawk v. Drone.

    They bust those little helos up, all right.

    Hawk vs. radio control toy fire truck was a thing with some friends. It was all fun and games until the next sortie for the hawk. It became hawk vs. Garand with a.32 ACP subcaliber adapter. He was in the burn barrel and ashes in twenty minutes.

  53. Speaking of dog whistles….

    A German Shepherd that goes to HH Academy?

  54. @Captain Tripps
    Except for a couple of DNA tweaks, dogs are just like us! Calling them dogs is so species-supremacist! Equal rights for all dogs now!

    Always give love and affection to your dog, the ORIGINAL Man's Best Friend (sorry cats! Love ya, but not as much!), Because dog spelled backwards is...

  55. Given that we are descended from dogs, and not simians, I would expect more respect from you Steve. Rykker might be your cousin!

  56. @mmack
    One of my favorite Babylon Bee posts:

    https://babylonbee.com/news/calvinist-dog-corrects-owner-no-one-good-boy/

    That one was really worth a LOL. Sometimes BB articles are better in their conception than in their execution, but this one was written with perfect tone.

    Actually, many of the BB’s Calvinistic-themed articles are of high quality. I wonder if their writers are Calvinists themselves, or whether God simply predestined the wording of these works before time itself began in order that I might enjoy them and be assured of His blessing and my own salvation.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    I wonder if their writers are Calvinists themselves, or whether God simply predestined the wording of these works before time itself began in order that I might enjoy them and be assured of His blessing and my own salvation.

    Perhaps both?
  57. @Jonathan Mason

    That dog is probably very “trainable”, but he is obviously untrained. I think the video was some kind of joke or perhaps an advertising scheme – it sure made the rounds.
     
    It seems that way, because having watched a couple of videos of this dog, it seems that he is deliberately being set up to "fail" on video. Why else would you put tennis balls on a Christmas tree, or on the feet of an invalid walking (Zimmer) frame knowing that tennis balls are immensely exciting to dogs?

    My own dog brings me her tennis ball several times a day and asks me to play catch (indoors) or fetch (outdoors) with her. She has not been (deliberately) trained to do this.

    It’s normal to use tennis balls for moderate-traction endcaps on walker legs. More to your point, if you’re graduating a service dog, you have to be reasonably confident it won’t flip out when it sees a toy it likes–they have to stay focused on the task at hand.

  58. @Reg Cæsar
    Mayor Butt is sick. They say it's a "cold", but other things are going around, too, or so I hear.

    The Latest: Buttigieg sick, cancels several Florida events

    Mayor Butt is sick. They say it’s a “cold”, but other things are going around, too, or so I hear.

    The Latest: Buttigieg sick, cancels several Florida events

    Oh my.

    This is just too precious.

  59. Most lists of high IQ dog breeds are wrong, because people confuse high trainability with high IQ.

    High trainability is related to IQ (i.e. problem solving), but is not the same thing as the latter. For example, Border Collies are good problem solvers, but they are even more eager to please/not easily bored, which makes them very easy to train. In contrast, Siberian Huskies are exceptionally good problem solvers (very high IQ), but are not in any way eager to please (and get bored easily with repetitive tasks) and thus have low trainability.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    For example, Border Collies are good problem solvers, but they are even more eager to please/not easily bored, which makes them very easy to train. In contrast, Siberian Huskies are exceptionally good problem solvers (very high IQ), but are not in any way eager to please (and get bored easily with repetitive tasks) and thus have low trainability.

    Exactly right. Collies are eager to solve your problems. Huskies are eager to solve their problems, yours not so much. In fact if they can create new problems for you, so much the better; as one can see from their lupine little grins.
    , @ScarletNumber

    people confuse high trainability with high IQ
     
    Andy Rooney said the same thing.
  60. @The Last Real Calvinist
    That one was really worth a LOL. Sometimes BB articles are better in their conception than in their execution, but this one was written with perfect tone.

    Actually, many of the BB's Calvinistic-themed articles are of high quality. I wonder if their writers are Calvinists themselves, or whether God simply predestined the wording of these works before time itself began in order that I might enjoy them and be assured of His blessing and my own salvation.

    I wonder if their writers are Calvinists themselves, or whether God simply predestined the wording of these works before time itself began in order that I might enjoy them and be assured of His blessing and my own salvation.

    Perhaps both?

    • Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist
    'With God all things are possible.'
  61. @Twinkie
    Most lists of high IQ dog breeds are wrong, because people confuse high trainability with high IQ.

    High trainability is related to IQ (i.e. problem solving), but is not the same thing as the latter. For example, Border Collies are good problem solvers, but they are even more eager to please/not easily bored, which makes them very easy to train. In contrast, Siberian Huskies are exceptionally good problem solvers (very high IQ), but are not in any way eager to please (and get bored easily with repetitive tasks) and thus have low trainability.

    For example, Border Collies are good problem solvers, but they are even more eager to please/not easily bored, which makes them very easy to train. In contrast, Siberian Huskies are exceptionally good problem solvers (very high IQ), but are not in any way eager to please (and get bored easily with repetitive tasks) and thus have low trainability.

    Exactly right. Collies are eager to solve your problems. Huskies are eager to solve their problems, yours not so much. In fact if they can create new problems for you, so much the better; as one can see from their lupine little grins.

    • Agree: Twinkie
  62. @kaganovitch
    I wonder if their writers are Calvinists themselves, or whether God simply predestined the wording of these works before time itself began in order that I might enjoy them and be assured of His blessing and my own salvation.

    Perhaps both?

    ‘With God all things are possible.’

  63. @Reg Cæsar
    Mayor Butt is sick. They say it's a "cold", but other things are going around, too, or so I hear.

    The Latest: Buttigieg sick, cancels several Florida events

    The Latest: Buttigieg sick, cancels several Florida events

    He didn’t look all that sick at the debate last night. No symptoms…uh…

  64. @Buzz Mohawk
    Maybe he's there on an athletic scholarship.

    You rarely fail to please, Buzz.

  65. @Twinkie
    Most lists of high IQ dog breeds are wrong, because people confuse high trainability with high IQ.

    High trainability is related to IQ (i.e. problem solving), but is not the same thing as the latter. For example, Border Collies are good problem solvers, but they are even more eager to please/not easily bored, which makes them very easy to train. In contrast, Siberian Huskies are exceptionally good problem solvers (very high IQ), but are not in any way eager to please (and get bored easily with repetitive tasks) and thus have low trainability.

    people confuse high trainability with high IQ

    Andy Rooney said the same thing.

  66. @obwandiyag
    There is no such thing as "Dog IQ." You people are unbelievable.

    There is no such thing as “Dog IQ.” You people are unbelievable.

    Sit down, and be quiet, dum-dum, or you won’t get your jerky treat.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Intelligence_of_Dogs

    • Replies: @obwandiyag
    Oh, good. Wikipedia. Why, then it must be true. He cites Wikipedia. What a genius. Really high IQ here, I'd say. Brilliant. Wikipedia.
  67. @Reg Cæsar
    The USDA's Beagle Brigade sniffs for fruit, vegetation, and meat at international air terminals. Beagles were chosen because, unlike with drugs and contraband, violators are regular folks unaware they broke the rules. You don't want to frighten them.

    These rules are strict-- a Washington apple put on a flight in Seattle makes it to Tokyo uneaten. It stays for the trip back, and the passenger to whom it's given takes it into customs at Sea-Tac-- where it is now no longer American. Into the bin it goes.

    I asked one of the trainers, rather gingerly, if she knew beagles were not among the most intelligent of breeds. Her answer?

    "Oh, they're as dumb as rocks!"

    Gee, thanks, boss! Grrrr...


    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RS0QpvHZYmQ


    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CTdgt_Xtc7M


    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3HhErMK5GvA

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QSP1WehT750

    Beagles are no Border Collies but they aren’t dumb as rocks. They aren’t big on pleasing you but they can be quite clever when they want to be:

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=H2W8XKK-3Rk
  68. @bjondo
    Service animals OK.

    Pet owners belong in jail.
    Pet businesses should be shuttered.
    Animals belong outside.

    5ds

    Only if there’s a lot of acreage or a good fence and gate. Dogs left to roam often get hit by cars, attacked by raccoons and coyotes, taken to the pound by irate neighbors when they get in their garbage cans, go too far and disappear.

    Vets are expensive and if the dogs are killed the kids get upset.

  69. @Reg Cæsar
    The USDA's Beagle Brigade sniffs for fruit, vegetation, and meat at international air terminals. Beagles were chosen because, unlike with drugs and contraband, violators are regular folks unaware they broke the rules. You don't want to frighten them.

    These rules are strict-- a Washington apple put on a flight in Seattle makes it to Tokyo uneaten. It stays for the trip back, and the passenger to whom it's given takes it into customs at Sea-Tac-- where it is now no longer American. Into the bin it goes.

    I asked one of the trainers, rather gingerly, if she knew beagles were not among the most intelligent of breeds. Her answer?

    "Oh, they're as dumb as rocks!"

    Gee, thanks, boss! Grrrr...


    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RS0QpvHZYmQ


    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CTdgt_Xtc7M


    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3HhErMK5GvA

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QSP1WehT750

    Last time I was at LAX there was an ugly German Shepherd sniffing everybody in line. I hate airports. Don’t think I’ve seen a White American working in one for 30 years. That’s why I hate them.

  70. Do Rykker mean anything in English? In Norwegian it means Jerk.

  71. @fish

    Ok you have to admit, even by dog standards, that is one stupid dog.
     
    Nahhh....just relentlessly enthusiastic! Like any normal 🐕!

    Young, male and enthusiastic …

    let him who never was like that cast the first stick 😛

    Jonathan #12 – used to be you could get first-rate German shepherds from the military and police
    K-9 training outfits because they refused the throat bite; iirc some 20 or 30%.

  72. @Kylie
    Not much correlation between IQ and popularity in any species.

    So, in addition to an IQ, we all also have an SQ – Sexual Quotient, which you might call “popularity,” but which could also be described, you know, colorfully, as a measure of the opposite sex’s desire to go down on you.

    True enough, a man’s sexual desire comes and goes, while some women can never get enough, being essentially nymphomaniacs. And that’s the kind of dames you really want in heaven, certainly not virgins, assuming of course there is a heaven for dickheads.

    Be careful what you wish for or you just might get it. Imagine, you might get to a heaven full of beautiful virgins, only to find to your utter dismay that they must remain virgins.

    Could a heaven full of dogs be any worse?

    Back on Earth, there could be a system where SQ1 is the opposite sex’s attraction to you, and SQ2 is your capacity for sex.

    Come to think of it, I think humans also have a DQ – Dog Quotient – although that measure would have prolly several components, one being the dog’s desire to stick his muzzle in your crotch or rear end, while another would be your willingness to pick up its poop.

    Thus DQ1 is the dog’s attraction to you, while DQ2 is your attraction to the dog, and DQ3, your willingness to pick up its poop.

    Carrying on with this idea, what about a Bad Friend Quotient — BFQ — as a measure of your ability to attract bad influences masquerading as “friends” who will try to screw-up your life?

  73. @Achmed E. Newman
    Over 1/2 of service animals are a scam.
    What?
    Are they worse than the shelter which makes you register your cat with the Government?
    Yep, at least some of the time. Inside cats are not happy, IMO.

    Hard to say. We had a cat who lived over 17 years. An indoors cat, occasionally he would get out the door and spend the night away. Invariably the next morning there he was on the back porch waiting for us to get up and let him back in. In later years we used to take him outside to munch on the grass. He was very affectionate for a cat and chose to sleep between our heads at night. I do know that he wouldn’t have lasted 17 years as an outdoor cat.

  74. @Redneck farmer
    It's a usual preference for dumb, loyal, and happy vs. smart, treacherous, and miserable.

    Enough with the anti-Semitism.

  75. @Jonathan Mason
    My own black lab Sally is a dropout from a service academy. SheS was especially bred for the job in a canine development program at Auburn University in Alabama.

    However at the age of three her instructors reported that she had no desire to work whatsoever and only wanted to play. This is a very accurate description of her character.

    But after a career change to being an early childhood development specialist, she has blossomed under the supervision of my two daughters and is working well and barks when she hears anything that sounds suspicious to her.

    She is also very considerate. On being greeted at 5:30 a.m. she will always go and fetch her tennis ball in case any humans are feeling like a game of catch to pass the time.

    Had she graduated from college she would have been worth about $60,000 however her current cash value is approximately zero but we love her.

    I don't know exactly what the college dropout rate is for dogs but even if they are from good families, just like humans a certain number drop out of canine college.

    But they can still be useful members of society.

    I have two Labs Ajax and Jo. My mother had cancer last year; although both have received training, nothing advanced. Jo (the female) watched my mother like a hawk, my mother would sleep for long periods after treatments. Jo would let her sleep for couple of hours but then she would nuzzle my mother and bark (loudly). Labs are special, great gun dogs etc.

  76. @AnonAnon
    Beagles are no Border Collies but they aren’t dumb as rocks. They aren’t big on pleasing you but they can be quite clever when they want to be:

    https://youtu.be/_ym0rxisOpw

  77. @Anonymous

    There is no such thing as “Dog IQ.” You people are unbelievable.
     
    Sit down, and be quiet, dum-dum, or you won’t get your jerky treat.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Intelligence_of_Dogs

    Oh, good. Wikipedia. Why, then it must be true. He cites Wikipedia. What a genius. Really high IQ here, I’d say. Brilliant. Wikipedia.

  78. My dog Buddy displays every emotion in his futile attempt at a Beggin Strip

  79. And a 1 dogpower bike

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