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14th Sep '16 1:50:50 PM Wyldchyld
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** Sesshoumaru rarely transforms into his [[CanisMajor true form]]. When forced to against Magatsuhi, he becomes entangled in his enemy's tentacles. Jaken notices that all Sesshoumaru needs to do to escape is drop back to his smaller humanoid form and slide out. When Sesshoumaru instead pointlessly shakes his body like a wet dog, Jaken realises Sesshoumaru's true form gives him both his full power and a dog's intellect. An implied telepathic connection between them is revealed when Sesshoumaru first responds to Jaken's tactical analysis to transform and escape and then responds angrily to Jaken's disparaging thoughts regarding canine intellect. The battle is very serious, but the scene regarding Sesshoumaru's dog form is PlayedForLaughs.

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** Sesshoumaru rarely transforms into his [[CanisMajor true form]]. When forced to against Magatsuhi, he becomes entangled in his enemy's tentacles. Jaken notices that all Sesshoumaru needs to do to escape is drop back to his smaller humanoid form and slide out. When Sesshoumaru instead pointlessly shakes his body like a wet dog, Jaken realises Sesshoumaru's true form gives him both his full power and a dog's intellect. An implied telepathic connection between them is revealed when Sesshoumaru first responds to Jaken's tactical analysis to transform and escape and then responds angrily to Jaken's disparaging thoughts regarding canine intellect. The battle is very serious, but the scene regarding involving Jaken's internal assessment of Sesshoumaru's intellect while in dog form is PlayedForLaughs.PlayedForLaughs.
---> '''Jaken''': (''Thinking'') "He is unable to escape... even with the power of his true demon form? Or is he helpless '''because''' he is in that form?! A giant dog... isn't the hardest prey to hang on to... why doesn't he just transform back and slip free? Or does this form also have... the brain of a dog?"
11th Aug '16 11:42:42 AM Borghen
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* Experiments done on dogs and wolves show that dogs a less likely to try to come up with different solutions to a problem than their wild cousins (a dog will try a few ways of getting to an unreachable treat and then stare at its owner, while a wolf will keep on trying to get the treat long after). This is implied to be a result of humans breeding out those qualities out of dogs long ago, while those same qualities are a necessity for wolves to survive in the wild.

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* Experiments done on dogs and wolves show that dogs a are less likely to try to come up with different solutions to a problem than their wild cousins (a dog will try a few ways of getting to an unreachable treat and then stare at its owner, while a wolf will keep on trying to get the treat long after). This is implied to be a result of humans breeding out those qualities out of dogs long ago, while those same qualities are a necessity for wolves to survive in the wild.
1st Aug '16 5:21:48 AM Morgenthaler
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[[folder:Films]]
* The 2006 version of ''Film/TheShaggyDog'' partially plays with this trope. Dave thinks like the human he is, but succumbs instantaneously to frisbees, scritches, and games of fetch.
* The eponymous ''Film/{{Beethoven}}'' is not exactly a canine genius.
** He's not exactly a moron either, there is significant evidence that many of his "accidents" are in fact planned out, and he is also extremely quick to pick off on people's emotions and is exceedingly patient.

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[[folder:Films]]
* The 2006 version of ''Film/TheShaggyDog'' partially plays with this trope. Dave thinks like the human he is, but succumbs instantaneously to frisbees, scritches, and games of fetch.
* The eponymous ''Film/{{Beethoven}}'' is not exactly a canine genius.
** He's not exactly a moron either, there is significant evidence that many of his "accidents" are in fact planned out, and he is also extremely quick to pick off on people's emotions and is exceedingly patient.
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* Chance in ''Film/HomewardBoundTheIncredibleJourney''. Shadow [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this repeatedly. It's more likely that he was meant to be young and naive, as compared to every other dog in the movie and sequel who range from quite knowledgeable (Shadow), to street smart (Riley).



* Disney's ''Disney/TheAristocats'' portrays dogs as being on a par with the mountain-men from ''Film/{{Deliverance}}''.



[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The 2006 version of ''Film/TheShaggyDog'' partially plays with this trope. Dave thinks like the human he is, but succumbs instantaneously to frisbees, scritches, and games of fetch.
* The eponymous ''Film/{{Beethoven}}'' is not exactly a canine genius.
** He's not exactly a moron either, there is significant evidence that many of his "accidents" are in fact planned out, and he is also extremely quick to pick off on people's emotions and is exceedingly patient.
* Chance in ''Film/HomewardBoundTheIncredibleJourney''. Shadow [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this repeatedly. It's more likely that he was meant to be young and naive, as compared to every other dog in the movie and sequel who range from quite knowledgeable (Shadow), to street smart (Riley).
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* Disney's ''Disney/TheAristocats'' portrays dogs as being on a par with the mountain-men from ''Film/{{Deliverance}}''.



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* The dogs of ''Film/CatsAndDogs'' are able to run a hi-tech spy organization against the evil cats. Though some moments of stupidity still ensue (such as a WireDilemma when dogs are colorblind).
** [[RealityIsUnrealistic Except dogs aren't actually colorblind]].
* The dogs in the movie ''Film/{{Babe}}'' are the leaders of all the farm-animals, and most intelligent; meanwhile the cat is pure evil.

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[[folder:Films]]
* The dogs of ''Film/CatsAndDogs'' are able to run a hi-tech spy organization against the evil cats. Though some moments of stupidity still ensue (such as a WireDilemma when dogs are colorblind).
** [[RealityIsUnrealistic Except dogs aren't actually colorblind]].
* The dogs in the movie ''Film/{{Babe}}'' are the leaders of all the farm-animals, and most intelligent; meanwhile the cat is pure evil.
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* In the Soviet comedy ''Film/OperationYAndShuriksOtherAdventures'', Shurik and Lida try to get past an angry dog to get into her apartment. Shurik comes up with a plan to stuff some sleeping pills into a sausage and throw it to the dog. The dog takes the bait... but then eats only the sausage, leaving the pills on the pavement.



[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The dogs of ''Film/CatsAndDogs'' are able to run a hi-tech spy organization against the evil cats. Though some moments of stupidity still ensue (such as a WireDilemma when dogs are colorblind).
** [[RealityIsUnrealistic Except dogs aren't actually colorblind]].
* The dogs in the movie ''Film/{{Babe}}'' are the leaders of all the farm-animals, and most intelligent; meanwhile the cat is pure evil.
* In the Soviet comedy ''Film/OperationYAndShuriksOtherAdventures'', Shurik and Lida try to get past an angry dog to get into her apartment. Shurik comes up with a plan to stuff some sleeping pills into a sausage and throw it to the dog. The dog takes the bait... but then eats only the sausage, leaving the pills on the pavement.
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* ''WhereTheRedFernGrows'' has two main dogs, also portrayed in a completely non-anthropomorphic, realistic way. Old Dan doesn't really fit this trope as he's not exactly dumb, but Little Ann averts it outright by being distinctly the brains to Dan's brawn. Both are very well-trained.

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* ''WhereTheRedFernGrows'' ''Literature/WhereTheRedFernGrows'' has two main dogs, also portrayed in a completely non-anthropomorphic, realistic way. Old Dan doesn't really fit this trope as he's not exactly dumb, but Little Ann averts it outright by being distinctly the brains to Dan's brawn. Both are very well-trained.
1st Aug '16 5:18:47 AM Morgenthaler
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** However, Odie might actually be a case of ObfuscatingStupidity. One cartoon showed him reading WarAndPeace while Garfield and Jon were gone, and another showed he's a wiz at Sudoku.

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** However, Odie might actually be a case of ObfuscatingStupidity. One cartoon showed him reading WarAndPeace Literature/WarAndPeace while Garfield and Jon were gone, and another showed he's a wiz at Sudoku.
18th Jul '16 10:44:20 PM PaulA
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* The dogs in the movie ''{{Babe}}'' are the leaders of all the farm-animals, and most intelligent; meanwhile the cat is pure evil.

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* The dogs in the movie ''{{Babe}}'' ''Film/{{Babe}}'' are the leaders of all the farm-animals, and most intelligent; meanwhile the cat is pure evil.
27th Jun '16 2:47:32 PM Morgenthaler
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* The rottweiler from ''Film/OverTheHedge'', whose only spoken words (in a WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo-like voice) are "Play? Play!" This was specifically done to avoid them being portrayed as a vicious attack dog, which is a common fear among children, their target audience.

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* The rottweiler from ''Film/OverTheHedge'', ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'', whose only spoken words (in a WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo-like voice) are "Play? Play!" This was specifically done to avoid them being portrayed as a vicious attack dog, which is a common fear among children, their target audience.



* In ''WatershipDown'', dogs are just another one of the ''many'' enemies the rabbit protagonists have to deal with, but they still show this trope. Rowsbery Woof, a minor figure in rabbit mythology, is a complete drooling moron, and the dog that shows up in the climax never has any lines and is treated as a giant monster.

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* In ''WatershipDown'', ''Literature/WatershipDown'', dogs are just another one of the ''many'' enemies the rabbit protagonists have to deal with, but they still show this trope. Rowsbery Woof, a minor figure in rabbit mythology, is a complete drooling moron, and the dog that shows up in the climax never has any lines and is treated as a giant monster.



* Basically the entire point of ''MarleyAndMe'', in both film and book form. Marley was a tremendously loyal dog, and the overall plot is about how that affected the writer's life, but he was also a rather dim-witted, headstrong dog, which caused a great deal of trouble because of his physical size.
* Played straight in ''AnimalFarm''. The female dog is loyal, but not terribly bright, which is why [[spoiler: she allows Napoleon to take her puppies and raise them to be his blood-thirsty, single-minded minions.]] In all fairness, she didn't know what he was going to do.
* Many of DaveBarry's columns about dogs play up their stupidity. Roger in his novel ''Literature/BigTrouble'' is stated to have the intelligence of celery, though he at least knows enough not to mess with the Enemy Toad again after it gave him a face full of bufotenine. In fact, some people have accused Barry of being a dog-hater, apparently not noticing that he has evidently owned multiple dogs for years (Barry himself responding to such claims: "Perhaps from these peoples' perspective, dogs are intelligent, but I'm not going to go there.")

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* Basically the entire point of ''MarleyAndMe'', ''Literature/MarleyAndMe'', in both film and book form. Marley was a tremendously loyal dog, and the overall plot is about how that affected the writer's life, but he was also a rather dim-witted, headstrong dog, which caused a great deal of trouble because of his physical size.
* Played straight in ''AnimalFarm''.''Literature/AnimalFarm''. The female dog is loyal, but not terribly bright, which is why [[spoiler: she allows Napoleon to take her puppies and raise them to be his blood-thirsty, single-minded minions.]] In all fairness, she didn't know what he was going to do.
* Many of DaveBarry's Creator/DaveBarry's columns about dogs play up their stupidity. Roger in his novel ''Literature/BigTrouble'' is stated to have the intelligence of celery, though he at least knows enough not to mess with the Enemy Toad again after it gave him a face full of bufotenine. In fact, some people have accused Barry of being a dog-hater, apparently not noticing that he has evidently owned multiple dogs for years (Barry himself responding to such claims: "Perhaps from these peoples' perspective, dogs are intelligent, but I'm not going to go there.")



* The dog in ''DuckHunt''. Look at that dopey expression when you shoot a duck. And when you fail... it laughs, entertained at your failure, while you're no doubt [[TooDumbToLive feeling sociopathic, looking very frustrated and have a loaded shotgun in your hands.]] Unfortunately, you can't ShootTheDog.

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* The dog in ''DuckHunt''.''VideoGame/DuckHunt''. Look at that dopey expression when you shoot a duck. And when you fail... it laughs, entertained at your failure, while you're no doubt [[TooDumbToLive feeling sociopathic, looking very frustrated and have a loaded shotgun in your hands.]] Unfortunately, you can't ShootTheDog.
19th Jun '16 9:20:25 AM Andyroid
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* Dogs in Minecraft are rather infamous for falling off of cliffs and into lava, and for attacking anything the player attacks, which could mean their death.

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* Dogs in Minecraft ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' are rather infamous for falling off of cliffs and into lava, and for attacking anything the player attacks, which could mean their death.


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* The ''WebComic/{{Gunshow}}'' strip [[http://gunshowcomic.com/276 Dog Problems]] features a dog locked in the bathroom of an airplane. He's more concerned with how he's supposed to drink out of the toilet, how he got on the plane in the first place, and where "the other dog" (his reflection in the bathroom mirror) came from than [[spoiler: the fact the airplane is about to crash]].
18th Jun '16 10:12:51 PM Whitewings
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** Lockjaw isn't actually a dog. He's an Inhuman whose exposure to the Terrigen Mists changed him into a dog-like shape.

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** Lockjaw isn't actually a dog. He's an Inhuman whose exposure to the Terrigen Mists changed him into a dog-like shape. [[DependingOnTheWriter Usually.]]
10th Jun '16 10:11:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* Novelist DeanKoontz tends to write canine characters as smarter than most dogs (even excluding ''Watchers'', which involves a genetically engineered dog of human intelligence).

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* Novelist DeanKoontz Creator/DeanKoontz tends to write canine characters as smarter than most dogs (even excluding ''Watchers'', which involves a genetically engineered dog of human intelligence).
23rd May '16 7:48:16 PM AmericanArwen
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** Its more than that. Unlike wolf packs, Moscow's stray dogs, particularly the beggar dogs, have a hierarchy where dominance is determined by intelligence rather than physical strength. Not only do they know how to navigate the subway systems as demonstrated above, but also recognize and use crosswalk signals with fatalities being a rarity. They are adept at figuring out the psychologies of each person in order to determine which technique will work best, even sending out their cutest, smallest members of the pack to garner more success in begging from them.

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** Its It's more than that. Unlike wolf packs, Moscow's stray dogs, particularly the beggar dogs, have a hierarchy where dominance is determined by intelligence rather than physical strength. Not only do they know how to navigate the subway systems as demonstrated above, but also recognize and use crosswalk signals with fatalities being a rarity. They are adept at figuring out the psychologies of each person in order to determine which technique will work best, even sending out their cutest, smallest members of the pack to garner more success in begging from them.
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