I really think Simon is smarter, and more creative than many dogs. He invents games to play by himself. He is alittle scared of thebaby gates. He will line up several of his toys in front of one, growl, and scoot over and grab one He will also line up kibbles in front of the gate, bat them away and eat them. He will set the rocking chair rocking, growl at that... what can i say he is a genius!!!