Tuesday, December 19, 2006

It's Really Good That They Don't Have Opposable Thumbs

UPLOADER'S DESCRIPTION: "Standard Poodles are among the smartest dogs in the world. They are eager to learn. Watch 2-year-old Cleo gain skill as she plays Volleyball with the kids. At first she sends the ball into the net or over the fence. But soon she is setting the ball up and hitting it over the net to everyone's delight. Cleo has learned many tricks, but this time she just joined in the fun and caught onto the the idea that the ball had to go over the net. The laughter of the kids was reward enough."

23 comments:

  1. Oh man, that is the dog of my dreams. What a smartie pants. I must show this to my kids, who continue to pooh pooh the idea of a poodle. They are idiots.

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  2. What's funny is that Delta (standard) and Reggie (miniature) both "play ball" EXACTLY like this, but I never thought to apply it to an actual sport! They are my only two soccer players(that's how I always thought of the nose-butting).

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  3. It would seem that the smartest dog in the world has a better head on them than many people I know...

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  4. It's times like these that I really miss my Qui-Qui-poo! That is one smart poodle! I just love how happy they look when they learn something new! Such special dogs . ..

    R

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  5. That's great! My labs would have just grabbed the ball and ran.

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  6. Here's how things would have played out with my Poodles:

    Mom tosses the ball. Willie runs up and licks the ball hoping for some leftover food remnants. Maisie takes off into the house, terrified that the mutant ball is preparing to kill her. Annie looks at the ball, figures it's a stupid boy-game and runs off to find a Frisbie. Sadie tries to grab the ball and play keep-away from Trevor and then Trevor pops the ball and runs off with it.

    Now you see why beach-volleyball is best left to pros like Cleo.

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  7. Are toy poodles just as smart as standard poodles?

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  8. You are preachin' to this choir! I LOVE them! Look at how happy Cleo is with herself!

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  9. Love your blog. That's one happy dog...my Louie plays ball like that too. Poodles rock!

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  10. amie: I think that the three varieties (standard, miniature, and toy) are nearly identical in intelligence and trainability. There are some minor differences in personality with toys--things that are common to all toy breeds--but a poodle is a poodle is a poodle, regardless of the variety. I've had minis and standards both for several years now, and have had toys in the past. A true toy poodle (true to the breed standard) is much smaller than most people think--10 inches or less at the shoulder is a VERY small dog!

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  11. Okay, thanks! :D I think I am probably thinking of a miniature, not a toy.

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  12. Okay, thanks! :D I think I was confusing miniatures for toys.

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  13. Oh how neat! That must be the coolest dog EVER!

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  14. That is SOOOOO cute! Poodles just have to be my favorite breed. I had a miniature that passed away, but I'd love to have a standard someday. I wouldn't want to groom him, though. But, it's worth it. Poodles rock!

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  15. Just reinforces that I have the VERY BEST breed of dog in the WHOLE world. Great video!

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  16. That's so cool!

    Check out my site..I have a pretty nifty video on there myself.

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  17. I could see Jasmine getting the idea, but Chauncey would have popped the ball right away. Blueberry would still be standing there trying to figure out what was going on:o)

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  18. We here at Poodlevania are glad they don't have opposable thumbs. Think about what dogs as smart as this could do with your credit card, a touch-tone phone, and QVC--frightening idea, isn't it?!

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  19. Merry Christmas, Ninja Poodles and Family!!!

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  20. Are you tired of me asking yet? Where's the Neti Pot?

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  21. I agree about standard poodles. That's why I named my book publishing company www.smartpoodlepublishing.com

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