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The Duke Had a Duke

Most of his fans knew John Wayne as “the Duke.” It was a nickname he acquired in his childhood. Duke was the dog that accompanied him wherever he went.

Want to see how smart your dog is or determine her personality type? There is a cost involved, but Dognition.com has a series of exercises created by scientists you can do with your dog to help determine the cognitive strategies your dog uses.

According to Reader’s Digest, the most popular dog breed in California is the Labrador retriever, and the most popular breed in San Francisco is the French bulldog.

According to trainer Kristin Kaldahl, puppy parents who train with irritation, anger, or force intimidate the puppy, and the training sessions can turn into inquisitions. Training with positive energy and praise will likely lead to increased energy and willingness to learn.

Dogs have two visual cones; humans have three.

Mr. Smarty Pants read the above information in a book, magazine, newspaper, or website; heard it on the radio; saw it on television, or overheard it a party. Got any facts? Email them Mr. Smarty Pants for possible inclusion
in the column at MrPants@AustinChronicle.com.