I've seen reports that Border Collies are the smartest dogs, but I think German Shepherds come very close. Shadow has allergies, and when dogs have allergies, their skin, ears and other parts itch. Shadow's allergies have been acting up and at 3 a.m., I heard her fussing from her sleeping spot under our bed trying to scratch her ears. Her tags jingle and the noise wakes me up. A few minutes later, she scrambled out from under the bed and went right over to Hubby's side. She stood up with her paws on the bed and whined, licking his face. She usually does this only when she needs him for an emergency midnight walk.
When Hubby rose from the bed, Shadow immediately trotted down the hallway to the bathroom. I heard Hubby exclaim something and the cabinet door open, the jar for cotton balls clinking as he removed the glass top.
"What's going on?" I asked and joined him.
Shadow was already laying down on the bath mat with her head off to the side, waiting.
Hubby said in amazement, "She trotted in here, pointed with her nose to the exact cabinet where her ear medicine is kept, looked up at me, then pointed to the cotton ball jar. Then when she saw me open the cabinet door, she went to the bath mat and lay down." (that's where we always administer her ear medicine.)
The last time she needed her ear drops was MONTHS ago.
How could she remember? And tell us what she needed?
German Shepherd dogs are smart, I tell you - uncannily so.