Have to disagree with their assessment of dog intellgence vis-a-vis basset hounds. They're not dumb at all, just incredibly, irritatingly stubborn. They know precisely what you want
them to do, but refuse to do it until you threaten physical violence, then they go right to the task with gusto.
Come to think of it, they're a lot like many of the Marines I used to command.
Hrm. I may have argued myself into a corner here...