Proof Dachshunds Are More Intelligent Than Humans

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart

Every morning I take our dachshund for a walk. Not long ago as we went into the garage, he kept going over to the left-hand side of the garage. Even though we always travel outside by way the right-hand side.

It was of course annoying to me, waiting and calling him so we could get his clothes on and move forward. This went on for three days. On the third day, he really insisted he would stay in that area of the garage.

Finally, going to his side of the garage to insist he move forward, I realized what he had been trying to tell me for three days: The hot water heater was leaking.

The next time I have something unusual coming into my life, hopefully, it will get my attention to give things a second thought and recognize just maybe there is something to the subject that is not completely aware to me.

Comments (16)

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Guessing your buddy gave you a look as if saying 'finally!'.  Much more intelligent than we give them credit for.  Mark

Jun 13, 2021 03:44 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Dan,  Thank you for sharing this story of  how smart dogs can be.  Many are trained to be very helpful to people.  He may be in line for a search and rescue team.

Jun 13, 2021 04:01 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great story.  Dogs are amazing creatures, and we do not give them enough credit.  Happy Sunday.  A

Jun 13, 2021 04:39 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Dan... dogs (and cats) are so much smarter than most people give them credit for... I've seen this in my own life many times having been a cat and dog mom for most of it.

Jun 14, 2021 05:01 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Dan- that is an amazing story!  Animals do have a special sense that we shouldn't ignore. And it's a reminder to be aware of what's going on around us and not to dismiss what seems out of the ordinary. 

Jun 19, 2021 05:33 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jun 19, 2021 06:51 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Dan. Sometimes you have to veer off the beaten path. Enjoy your day.

Jun 20, 2021 04:49 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Dogs can definitely sense or see things we can't. Whenever something is out of the ordinary, we have to pay attention! Glad you found out before water was all over the floor!

Jun 20, 2021 05:05 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Dan - dogs are very smart creatures who know when something is wrong with their people or their people's surroundings.

Jun 20, 2021 05:11 AM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

They are so  much smarter than we ever know with their keen sense of hearing and smell.

Jun 20, 2021 06:17 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Dan - it seems your dachshund was sniffing out trouble.  Good Dog!

Jun 20, 2021 07:54 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Listen to your pets.  They often try to tell us things we haven't noticed. Same with my cats.

Jun 20, 2021 09:53 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What a great story, Dan. He must have thought - well, finally, my human listened to me.


Jun 20, 2021 12:25 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

I love Doxie's. This is such a cute story too! We need a picture of the little fella!

Jun 21, 2021 04:14 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Funny, he knew there was something off in his territory!

Jun 22, 2021 06:04 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Well there you go!  Similar to the cancer sniffing dogs, but not as drastic.  Glad you found the leak before it became much worse.  Dachshund to the rescue!

Jun 29, 2021 06:28 PM