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You have to be smarter than the dog

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My dad used to always tell me, "Brian, you have to be smarter than the dog."

He told me this when I was about 5 and he was still telling me 20 years later. The first time I heard this remark it puzzled me. Even then I knew people were smarter than dogs. After all, we went to a real school where the teacher made us sit up straight, pay attention to her and sometimes give us a gentle reminder that she was the boss. All dogs got to do was go to obedience school.

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