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Can you increase the IQ of your puppy?

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Puppy owners are not immune to good-natured bragging about their pup, especially with other puppy owners. If another dog seems to be smarter than your puppy, you may have wondered how to help your puppy increase his intelligence. The following article helps answer this question.

Why are some puppies smarter than others?

Each puppy is different. Sometimes differences are a result of genetics or breeding. You can help your puppy gain "smarts", regardless of his genetic background, by working with him at an early age. It's important to expose him to the world slowly, by introducing him to new toys, colors and environments. This also includes exposing him to other animals and to people of different ages. As puppies develop they become more responsive. Remember, just like humans, each puppy has his own personality and strengths.

Puppy school

Formal schooling can be beneficial to both owner and puppy. If you decide on formal schooling, research different schools to find one where the trainers have positive training techniques, and a sound knowledge of dog behavior. Like humans, the ways in which puppies learn vary greatly. Formal schooling can help you understand how your puppy learns, so that when class is over you can continue to use this information in ongoing training of your puppy.

The learning curve

Your puppy is learning from you all the time. He learns through trial and error, through what he is exposed to, and from your reaction to his behavior. As puppies develop they become more responsive to different things. To increase your puppy's IQ, remember to introduce him to new toys, different environments, other animals, other people and new vocabulary.

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