The average dog is about as intelligent as a two year old child

This should really not come as a surprise when you realize everything dogs are really capable of. According to research conducted by animal psychologists, the average dog is about as smart as the average two year old child. That may not seem like a lot but toddlers are much smarter than you think! Research has shown that dogs are actually capable of understanding about 250 words and gestures, use similar parts of their brains to humans, can understand and discern emotion, count to five and even perform simple mathematical calculations and arithmetic.